This book is a delight. In her black and white drawings of many of Devon’s holy wells, Alex has captured something of the spirit of place which makes these sites so special. For many hundreds and perhaps thousands of years, people have been making their way to these sources where pure, clear water springs from the earth and bringing with it the promise of refreshment, healing and renewal.
Alex rightly describes her journeys to find them as a pilgrimage. Some, like Eyewell at Mortehoe, are difficult to find while others, like St Nectan's at Welcombe, can be driven past without a second glance. The illustrations demonstrate that at each place, time was taken to explore the feelings, history and message which the well had to share. We are all pilgrims and our own journey will be enriched by visiting and pondering at places where others before us have sought help and encouragement. Walking Between Worlds is an inspiration to do this.
I know these places. It has been a joy to be reminded about them and especially to see that some which I feared would be lost are again being valued and visited.
Terry Faull is the author of Secrets of the Hidden Source - In Search of Devon's Ancient and Holy Wells (ISBN 1 84114 354 5).
Walking Between Worlds is the satisfying result of an exploration of some of Devon's many little-known treasures - it’s fountains and holy wells. Often obscured by undergrowth, or by the modesty of their simple construction, they are a vital part of the county’s vernacular, spiritual and cultural heritage.
The lovingly and skilfully executed drawings capture their variety of form, from the ornate to the simple and rustic, their textures and the patina of age. This book will delight the inquisitive and observant; it is like the subject – beautiful, rewarding and refreshing!
Alan Lee is a renowned illustrator of numerous fantasy books.