An Enchanted Place (Spirituality) (Hardcover)
Winnie the Pooh as you’ve never imagined him – reincarnated as a human being, as Bertie; still writing poetry, still fond of honey.
Piglet has become Peggy, Bertie’s timid neighbor who sees danger round every corner. Initially intimidated by a newcomer to the village, a flamboyant actor known as Bouncer, might she eventually find in him someone to whom she can confide?
Bouncer lodges with Sheila, a single Mum from Australia with an obsessive devotion to her small son, Joey, and with a tendency to call a wallaby a bloody wallaby.
None of them, however, are remotely aware of their ‘past lives,' not even the learned Professor who lives alone at The Cedars and chairs the local History Society.
All of them live in the village of Hartfield – the former home of A.A.Milne – on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. So, too, does Bunny – no longer a rabbit, but the formidable and optimistic organizer of an Action Group to fight a proposed bypass across their beloved forest. Only the retired Major, a gloomy recluse who lives alone in a rundown cottage on the edge of the village, thinks that their protests are doomed to failure.
As the saga unfolds, these members of Bunny’s Action Group begin to learn a lot more, not only about conservation, politics and ecology, but also about one another. And each of them, in their own way, also begin to make a connection to Bertie’s interest in what he calls ‘a bigger picture.'
Meanwhile could a very small inhabitant of the forest itself become a surprising ally?
Underpinning the ‘not in our backyard’ story is the question of ‘progress’ versus the need for a human scale and a gentler pace to life, while protecting a unique, beloved, ancient woodland. The book touches lightly on the themes of life, death, nature, the human spirit and meaning.
As a BAFTA-winning filmmaker, Jonathan Stedall writes from a deep awareness of our interconnectedness with nature and the world.
About the Author
Jonathan Stedall has made documentary films for over fifty years, largely at the BBC. There he worked with John Betjeman, Laurens van der Post, Cecil Collins, Malcolm Muggeridge, Alan Bennett, Ron Eyre, Bernard Lovell, Theodore Roszak, E.F. Schumacher, Mark Tully and Ben Okri. He has also directed major biographies on Tolstoy, Gandhi, C.G. Jung and Rudolf Steiner. His film about a Camphill school in Scotland for children with special needs won a British Film Academy Award in 1968, and later work was nominated by BAFTA and the Broadcasting Press Guild. His book Where on Earth is Heaven?, published by Hawthorn Press in 2009, was singled out by John Cleese as "the most annoying book I have ever read, as the author seems to have had a more interesting life than I’ve had." His collection of poems, No Shore Too Far, published after the death of his wife in 2014, was described by Stephen Gawtry, Editor of, Watkins Mind Body Spirit, as "beautiful, poignant and inspiring".
"Jonathan Stedall has directed some of our most enjoyable documentaries, and now has turned his hand to something as lively, original and thoughtful in prose." - Craig Brown, author, Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret
"Enchanting is the word. I love [the] characters . . . and the beautiful ponderings on life. It’s a triumph." –Isabella Tree, author, Wilding
"Jonathan Stedall’s homage to his childhood hero Winnie the Pooh is a honeypot of wisdom and gentle humour" – Jeremy Naydler, philosopher, author of Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts