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Kings, Killers and Kinks in the Cosmos Paperback – February 23, 2011
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At first the reader might feel that they are intruding on a family's personal life and secrets, but this soon dissipates as one is drawn into the extraordinary and increasingly exciting life led by the young Robert Egby, born in 1932, whose life is certainly a series of coincidences or what the reader may define as fate. Egby takes in his stride the teenage employment in an early film studio, the people he meets there and hobnobbing with the beautiful and the famous becomes a pattern of his life as he moves to National Service in Suez in 1951. Here he falls in love with the desert, and on to Cyprus, where he falls in love, but this serviceman finds that the skills of broadcasting and photography can be turned to a career after the Royal Airforce. An adventure on every page in the first half of this page-turning book.
None of this is should be unexpected because exotic great grandmother Elen Egby, a seer has foretold the 13 year old Egby that he would have many travels and walk many paths, but before he would help people to understand God he would hurt people, even those he loved. He would need to set himself free, but not before he is in the West and in the deserts surrounded by mountains. However it doesn't seem to have been expected by Egby whose photographs earn awards and who takes his career forward as he becomes an accredited war photographer and correspondent. A man who enjoys life and whose courage is commendable. And his paths continue to cross those of the celebrated, among others Larry Burrows, Lawrence Durrell, the Kings of Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
All this is 5 star material and for myself I would have preferred this long book to have been published in two volumes. But as I read into the very different life encountered by Egby and his second wife after they left Europe, Aden and finally Germany and travel with their family to Canada, the west that Granny Egby predicted and the spirits who had 'guided' Robert through the first part of his life, made their presence more forceful, I began to see how the whole in one book was essential. So the war photographer's career was traded for a regular job helping to set-up the Sky-train project in Vancouver and an overwhelming need to embrace spiritualism, which eventually took him to the east of the United States just as Granny Egby had predicted. A softer Egby, one aware that his early relationships should have been handled more carefully, and as a Minister who refined his faith in the deserts of New Mexico, again as Granny Egby had predicted is finally able to write this memoir. It is also entirely likely that you will find this thought-provoking work life-changing.
delicate balance between experiences in this world and connections with
the next. He gives a lively account of his personal family and working
life and his adventures in the armed forces, then as an award-winning
photo-journalist in some of the closing chapters of the history of the
British Empire, and then finally moving across the Atlantic to explore
North America. There he has raised his family and worked on various
important projects while at the same time developing his psychic
abilities as a medium and Spiritualist minister.
Throughout his life he has taken a keen interest in current affairs as
well as deepening his search for the spiritual meaning for life, and in
sharing his personal thoughts and feelings on this inner journey, he
has become and excellent and reliable teacher for those who want to
widen their own horizons. This book and his three previous titles are
rich sources of spiritual truth, and offer sound guidance for those
wishing to developing their own intuitive abilities. Richard Rowley - reviewing at [...]
Marilyn J Awtry - Latest book of mine is Spiritualism on the Move: A Realty Check for the New Century - and a thank you to Robert for the title.