ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Ian Thornton
Ian Thornton’s debut novel, The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms (How One Man Scorched the Twentieth Century, but Didn’t Mean to) was published by Simon & Schuster Canada in September 2013. Harper Collins published worldwide on June 28th 2014 to coincide with the centenary of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the pivot of the novel. It was translated across Europe and taught at the Sorbonne.
Prior to becoming a novelist, Ian worked for Broadcast magazine in London and also for Variety. He is a co-founder of the global television industry publisher, C21 Media and http://www.c21media.net.
He covered the Royal wedding in London for CTV, Canada’s premier independent broadcaster, and has recently written for Wisden Cricketer, The Guardian, The Hindu and for the Soho House magazine, House. He also wrote on the football World Cup in South Africa for the Canadian sports channel, The Score, and has worked for Queen’s University in Ontario, where his project was presented at the White House as part of President Obama’s new media initiative.
Ian is the official biographer of the Compton cricket club in California and has been a judge on the largest Latin American film festival, Expresion en Corto. He is currently producing a feature documentary.
Originally from Leeds, Ian currently resides in Toronto with his wife Heather Gordon and their children, Laszlo and Clementine.
Aleister Crowley, also known as the Great Beast, is one of the most reviled men in history. Satanist, cult leader, debauched novelist and poet, his legacy has been harshly contested for decades.
Crowley supposedly died in 1947, but in Ian Thornton’s new novel, set in the present day, the Great Beast is alive and well and living in Shangri-la. Now over 130 years old, thanks to the magical air of his mystical location, he looks back on his life and decides it is time to set the record straight.
For Crowley was not the evil man he is often portrayed as. This was just a cover to hide his real mission, to save the twentieth century from destroying itself and to set humanity on the road to freedom and liberty.
The Death and Afterlife of Aleister Crowley is an epic novel that will make you see this notorious figure in a completely new light, as he encounters an impressive cast of real-life characters including Timothy Leary, The Beatles, Princess Margaret, Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock.
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Now for my review if your still here (please still be here 🤣) reading the synopsis I was immediately gripped and wanted the book. The characters and the lifestyle of the main character have you thinking WOW. He’s mixed with some pretty high profile names.
I was expecting a lot more from this book. So I kind of already hyped the book I wasnt too disappointed but felt a little bit flattened after finishing it. I usually want more after reading a book. I will be checking out the authors other books to see how they fair up against this one.
You can tell the author has done his homework the amount of historical information in the book (could just be a book in it’s self) it is really intriguing to find out some interesting facts about them.
Now for me the book seemed to take a while for me to begin to start enjoy reading it. At the start there just seemed to be to much going on the pages and not enough time to sink all the information in before the next page. There didnt seem to be any paragraphs so the pages did just keep turning. I’m just assuming this is the authors style of writing. Once I got used to it then I really did start enjoy reading the book. That is my only negative for the book. Maybe thats just me being a bit picky. I’d happily give the book a 3.9/5 Definitly worth a read especially if youre interested in the characters in the book.