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ISBN-13: 978-0954723057 ISBN-10: 0954723058

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Green Magic (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954723058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954723057
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Johnny Fincham is the charismatic hand reader whose frequent media appearances and celebrity clients have made him widely known. A third generation gypsy and palm-reader, he balances modern techniques with the intuitive gift of his past.

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I'm a professional palmist and writer and yoga teacher, born in 1963, the eldest of five dyslexic, deranged and dysfunctional children. My mother had more than a drop of gypsy blood in her and my father was a war veteran, able to turn his hand to just about anything.
My first home was a draughty beach hut in Walbaswick, Suffolk, UK. Later on, the ever-growing family upped sticks and moved to Lowestoft, also in Suffolk. I spent a goodly chunk of my life there, almost succumbing to the cloying sea-mists, massive alcohol consumption and sticky sands of that drab town.
Though possessed by a love of words and language, I was not a good citizen. In court 28 times and I spent a very short period of time in prison on remand (for car theft). Dyslexic, desperate and ill-educated, I was mad for the material things I imagined would give my life lustre.
A lust for learning kicked in at age 28. I wangled my way into the University of East Anglia as a mature student.
I did English literature and loved it. At that time, that avuncular, easy-going, Malcolm Bradbury taught under-grads creative writing. I drank up the classes like a parched desert absorbs water.
I decided I was going to be a writer. I left UEA, wrote thirty or forty short stories, sold none and sulked for three years.
Then through a mix of ancestral urges and amazing co-incidence I stumbled into the trade of palmistry. Though a total sceptic, I met a world- class palmist who convinced me of its value and educated me in its subtle intricacies. Since that time I've earned a living as a palmist and subsidised my income with writing.
I've had a short story - 'Unbearable Brightness' published, along with various other stories and lots of features and articles. Encouraged by this success, I went on to write 'The Spellbinding Power of Palmistry' and 'Palmistry-Apprentice to Pro in 24 Hours'. I wrote these books out of frustration at the mass of books out there that were full of outdated references and gobbledegoook. This was followed by 'Palmistry Made Easy' and 'Palmistry at your Fingertips'.
I also wrote an SF novel, 'While the Gods Sleep.' A love story really, with it's main theme being deception, and the way information will be manipulated in the near future.
I'm currently writing a yoga manual, another palmistry book, and 'Nearly Normal' a novel about a poor kid growing up, rebelling against his raggle-taggle gypsy mother and dying to be normal. In all my books, stories and features, I'm fascinated by what moves beneath the surface of experience.

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I'd recommend it to anyone interested in palmistry.
Angiebaby
I am only half way through the book and I think it is probably the best one I have ever read.
Tree Man
It is a very complete, in depth, lesson in palm reading.
Lulu Fanion

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K McCarthy on August 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
I love this book.Johnny has updated palmistry in this very easy to understand book.Taking you step by step trough all the aspects of hand reading, Including health and how to heal what troubles you in your life. Full of exercises to do at the end of each chapter really makes you feel that you are picking it up. It illustrations are fantastic and clear taken from real prints so that you can really understand what you are looking for. Other books have at times left me feeling a bit bewildered, so much to remember and put together. But Johnnys book is not like that at all, very accurate and straightforward, I would recomend this book to anyone that has an interest in Palmistry. Hopfully there will be more to come and I will be the 1st in the queue to purchase it.... It's a must read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By wanda on September 9, 2005
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I really enjoyed this book. I though it was going to be full of old traditional gypsy fortune telling stuff, but it wasn't. Its got lots of scientific research in it that back up palmistry. There are exercises to do at the end of each chapter so you learn the process properly. Also there's a chapter on developing your intuition. Intuitive or not, you'd learn how to give a palmistry reading to professional level with this book. I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Dannel Vitcak VINE VOICE on October 20, 2008
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I have his other book, the one about going from newbie to pro in 24 hours and BOTH are great hand reading books. I have really enjoyed BOTH. This one has more hand prints and is a great bookend for the other book. If you are going to get one or the other get this one. I found it more concise and did not have as many anecdotes, which was fine by me.

GREAT illustrations and I enjoyed his writing style.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Angiebaby on March 31, 2006
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This is an interesting book. It makes a brave attempt to make palmistry much easier to learn, with great success. The key areas of the palm, the print patterns and the lines are broken down. The author says the palmist is like a detective, sifting through details to build a picture of the individual.

You get the feeling the author really loves his art and is keen that you should love it and take it seriously as he does. After just a couple of hours with this book I staggered my girlfreind with a quick reading, and this was only after reading through the first two chapters! I'd recommend it to anyone interested in palmistry. The key to getting the most out of this book is to take it slowly, chapter by chapter and not rush. I've read around twelve palmistry books and I'd say this is the best one so far.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tree Man on June 9, 2007
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This book impressed me right away with some of the subtle insights to skin analysis and how to read a palm. I am only half way through the book and I think it is probably the best one I have ever read. It has been very helpful.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Blighty book lover on April 7, 2007
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Very ordered which makes it easier to memorize. I think it is a brilliant book but the problem with palmistry generally, is that there are so many differing interpretations of particular markings on the hand (one needs to read many books in order to form their own judgements). However, it is definitely one of the best palmistry I have read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Kuony on September 22, 2009
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I became interested in palmistry as a child through things that my grandmother told me. Over subsequent years I read everything I could find on the subject. Most of the books were of almost no practical use. They were re-compilations of clichés and folk myths from bygone eras when palmistry was believed to be predictive.

Fincham's books (there are two that I'm aware of) strip away the fortune telling aspects and the old wives' tales. He replaces this flawed information with insights built upon his own extensive experience based on modern studies of the connection between brain function and the unique characteristics of the hands.

Fincham approaches palmistry as a way that we might know our selves and other with greater clarity. As a result of insights gained through studying the map of the hands individuals can make informed decisions that result in more positive life experiences.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Skea on June 30, 2011
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I am a professional palmreader in Brisbane. I found this very insightful and original. Johnny writes clearly, authoritatively and imaginatively about the hands. There is a great overlap in material with his other book 'Palmistry - Apprentice to Pro in 24 hours' but this is still worth buying if you are serious about learning. I particularly enjoyed the section where he correlates the different chakras to lines in the hand. Had not come across this idea anywhere else. It has made my readings a lot more accurate especially with regards to health.
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