A Very Private Life
For 50 years, the novelist Patrick O’Brian lived with his wife Mary Tolstoy in southern France, writing his best-selling Aubrey-Maturin series of naval adventures. Based on personal experience as well as notebooks, letters and photographs, his stepson recreates that period and addresses the revelations about O’Brian’s true identity, including a previously abandoned family, that troubled the reclusive author’s last years.
The Mysteries of Stonehenge
Myth and Ritual at the Sacred Centre
By studying the fragments of myth and ritual that have survived through Britain’s oral tradition, Tolstoy attempts to explain the human story behind the mysterious stones of Stonehenge. Reconstructing the significant aspects of British pagan ideology from the pre-Roman era, and studying the material remains of this lost civilization, Tolstoy presents Stonehenge as the ancient people’s ‘sacred centre’, where the birth, death and eventual rebirth of their island was celebrated.