Conversations with four mystics


The differing spiritualities of Meister Eckhart (13th-century German mystic), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes and spiritualism), Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace and Non- Violence) and Vincent Van Gogh (painter of stars and suicide victim). Magnificent? Mad? Both?

Simon Parke was a priest in the Church of England for 20 years before giving it up to work in a supermarket. He now writes, leads retreats and provides work supervision and life support for people. His most recent book is One-Minute Mystic. He has won a Sony radio award for scriptwriting, wrote for Spitting Image, and is a weekly columnist in the Daily Mail.

Simon Parke