Old people love Stonewylde – that’s a fact. It was my dad’s 70th birthday recently and I went down to his retirement home in Dorset to take him out for lunch. I gave him a copy of Magus of Stonewylde to put in the communal library, and today he told me that it’s caused a great stir amongst the residents. They love it! Several have gone out to the local bookshop to buy the next two books and the more technical ones have ordered them on the Internet. My dad says they’re all talking about how much they enjoyed the book, how different it is to anything else they’ve read, and how very much they need to know what happens next! Sound familiar??

I’ve had other feedback in the past from elderly readers – several people in their seventies and eighties have taken the trouble to write to me in praise of the books, which is lovely. One lady in her late eighties said that Stonewylde took her back to her childhood, when life was simple and natural. The orchard and cider house scenes in Moondance of Stonewylde were an echo of her past memories of apple-picking as a child. Another elderly lady said she loved the beautiful storyline of Sylvie and Yul’s developing love, and their bravery in taking on Magus. A couple said that they’d always felt something special and spiritual about the countryside and woods, and Stonewylde helped them to understand this natural affinity with the landscape. In fact many people of all ages, including a girl of 11 year old, have said this.

One of the problems with elderly readers of course is failing eyesight. I’ve buy phentermine from india also had an e mail from a lady who’s desperate to read the Stonewylde Series, but can’t read properly any more. She wanted to know if the books would be published in large print format, which is something I’d love to do in the future and am looking into. It must be awful not being able to read any more, particularly at a time in life when your mobility’s affected too, and reading should be one of the remaining pleasures. I’m also looking into creating an audio book, which would be very exciting. The hundreds of children I’ve taught in my previous life will remember just how much I loved reading them stories. I can’t think of anything better than reading Magus of Stonewylde aloud! Although I suppose a professional actor would do a better job. It will require quite an investment to produce an audio book, so that’ll have to stay on the back burner for a while.

I’m so glad Stonewylde brought pleasure to the men and women in my dad’s retirement home. If anyone has a relation in a similar place with a communal library, let me know and I’ll send them a copy of Magus. It’s great to know that older people love the books (one of my most profilic forum members bought the books for his elderly mother who’s in her eighties – or it may be her nineties – and she really enjoyed them). Another lady e mailed me and said she’d read the whole series, then her husband nabbed them, then her two teenage kids, then her mother read them, and finally her grandmother! Wow!

Waterstones – please take note!!!

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  1. Becca Smalldon 12 years ago

    I must say I am actually addicted and was very sad when I got to the end of the 3rd book Solstice at Stonewylde until………..I read that you were going to write another 2 books! and I cried with relief. I cannot wait.

    So happy that people of all ages are enjoying these books, as reading is one of the biggest pleasures in life which everyone should experience.

    perhaps a suggestion to do an audiobook as well???

  2. Pixiedust 12 years ago

    Oh thats brillient Kit. See, it really isn’t a teenage thing. I think you will be able to do the audio book soon, Stonewylde is fab and is really taking off!

  3. solsticedreamer 12 years ago

    thats fantastic kit!!!
    there is certainly something there that appeals to all ages~and i am sure that older pagan folk~as well as the younger(!) are happy that there is finally some fiction to be read that is related to our spirituality!

    blessings to you
    lee xoxoxo

  4. solsticedreamer 12 years ago

    oh yes….forgot…audio book would be so great. i could lie in bed at night in the dark and listen and oh those internal images will be amazing!

  5. Becca Smalldon 12 years ago

    i am now drumming my knife and fork (or should that be book marks??) on the table demanding audiobooks! how fantastic!

  6. Julie 12 years ago

    Hi, I’m a new reader, from Bismarck, ND. I was “turned on” to the Stonewylde books by a blogging friend in Somerset. I finished the second book last night and although I wanted to jump into book three right away, I decided to hold back a bit in order to savor the entire experience longer.

    I was afraid that “oldies” would include me, but I’m safe at “only” 58. Thank goodness I have no trouble reading your books, though the telephone book now eludes me.

    I am going to post a “review” on my blog soon and also put it in my new book blog. Maybe I can get you more American/Canadian readers.

    Julie

  7. lila 12 years ago

    Hi!
    I read about your books on Julie’s blog and came by for a visit!
    Congratulations on following your “moongazy” dream and publishing some wonderful books!

  8. So glad I`ve found your blog!
    I can`t wait to read your books and share them with my Dad. We both are going to love these! They are definately going on my wish list.

    tea
    xo

  9. Julie 12 years ago

    Hi, Kit,

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I hope you saw my actual review, which was a few posts further down. I think I got some ladies excited about this series!

  10. Ancestral Celt 12 years ago

    I’m wondering if I should donate copies of all three books to the retirement homes of my two grandmothers? Hmmm …

  11. Val 11 years ago

    I am a local librarian (soon to be retired so I count as elderly!)

    It was a thrill to see your autograph in the Weymouth copy – and yes, I went out and bought all three. But Ive suggested that Dorset Libraries buy more copies!

    The weekend shamanic course I did at Monkton Wylde meant I really enjoy the location, your descriptions and everything about the books.

    I saw them on an American blog (I must post a thank you note)

    Looking forward to the rest of the series!

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