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"As soon as I opened this book I knew I was in for an exceptional treat and I was right. This is Churton at his best. His book focuses, with some broader contextualization, on Crowley’s intermittent sojourns in Berlin between 1930 and 1932, which climaxed in a sensational exhibition of his paintings in October 1931. We follow Crowley as he strolls through the city, dressed in a knickerbocker suit, proclaiming his gospel of Thelema, exploring Berlin’s extensive demi-monde, playing chess, painting, writing, fornicating, spying for British intelligence and mingling with a remarkable constellation of artists, writers, philosophers and occultists. One of his friends at the time was Christopher Isherwood, who fictionalized his Berlin experience in the novel that later became the musical Cabaret. Churton, in his vivid, witty style, superbly captures the atmosphere of the city during that feverish, decadent but immensely vibrant and creative era, which ended abruptly with the catastrophe of 1933. Move over, Isherwood. From now on we should be talking about “Crowley’s Berlin”. "
Christopher McIntosh, PhD, author and Honorary University Fellow, Lecturer, History (Western Esotericism), University of Exeter
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From the Foreword by MICHAEL EAVIS CBE, Founder of the GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL:
"William Blake has always been very close to my heart. Perhaps it is the rebel in him that appeals or indeed our shared love of Methodism. Blake might have been slightly barmy by today’s definition of sanity but his incredible visions and childlike beliefs in God drove his energy and created the heroic genius that he really was.
Tobias Churton’s work and research in Jerusalem! is truly astonishing in its detail. He has revealed to me so much. This must be one of the most illuminating and enlightening biographies to date. I would very much like him to speak at Glastonbury 2014 and read some extracts from Jerusalem! "
And from the Foreword by FRANK VAN LAMOEN, Assistant Curator of the STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam:
"Few documents on the life of William Blake have survived. His image was already distorted shortly after his death. Tobias Churton has stripped his biography of numerous idées reçues that clouded that image, allowing Blake to emerge from his work against the backdrop of an age marked by revolutions and modernization. It is a brilliant and illuminating book with a personal touch that invites further reading, as Churton generously shares with his readers his pansophical grasp of rejected knowledge. "