"this is so much more than a very detailed biography of alice ann bailey; it is also a very comprehensive review of the many interesting groups and people throughout the history of theosophical thought and the continuing impulse of the ageless wisdom teachings. at every turn we feel like we are on intimate terms with the lives and events of this span of time, and the overall view is awesome and inspiring." - gail jolley, school for esoteric studies.
Isobel Blackthorn is an award-winning author of diverse and engaging fiction. She writes gripping mysteries, psychological thrillers, and historical fiction. Isobel writes nonfiction too, her articles appearing in a range of online journals as well as print media. She holds a Ph.D. from Western Sydney University for her ground-breaking study of the texts of theosophist Alice A. Bailey, the Mother of the New Age movement. A Londoner originally, Isobel has lived in various locations in England, Australia, Spain, and the Canary Islands. She arrived at writing in her forties, and her stories are as diverse and intriguing as her life has been, elements of her experiences finding their way into her fiction, providing her with a ready supply of inspiration. A humanitarian and campaigner for social justice, in 1999 Isobel founded the internationally acclaimed Ghana Link, uniting two high schools, one a relatively privileged state school located in the heart of England, the other a materially impoverished school in a remote part of the Upper Volta region of Ghana, West Africa. A passionate supporter of other authors, Isobel writes book reviews. Her reviews have appeared in New Dawn Magazine, Esoteric Quarterly, Shiny New Books, Sisters in Crime, Australian Women Writers, Trip Fiction, and Newtown Review of Books. When she isn't writing, Isobel loves nothing more than taking long walks and sharing a coffee with a friend. She's officially given up baking cakes, but sometimes, she knits. She lives in Victoria, Australia, with her little white cat.