Pan’s Daughter 
by Nevill Drury
Mandrake

Reviewed by David Rankine

If you have never heard of Rosaleen Norton, you are in for a real treat. This colourful and bohemian Australian trance artist may be favourably compared to the other great magickal artist of the twentieth century, Austin Osman Spare. Known in 1950’s Australia as “the witch of King’s Cross”, Roie, as she was known, was often the centre of controversy for her pagan art and outspoken views on sexuality.

This biography, as well as describing her life, gives a detailed evaluation of her magickal beliefs and her art, including much previously unpublished material. The book is illustrated with dozens of her stunning pictures, guaranteed to inspire admiration and provoke thought. It seems peculiarly appropriate that a book on one of the great but under-exposed occult artists should be written by one of the great but under-exposed occult writers.

Anyone who has read any of Nevill Drury’s works will know that he presents a wealth of material in a neutral and concise fashion, giving the subject matter the attention it deserves. Rosaleen Norton is no exception to this fine writer’s pen. This book is essential reading for anyone who is interested in art, trance work and magick. Buy this book and get the benefit of being enlightened about two great talents at the same time.

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