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The Crystal Spirit released as eBook on Peridot Press – updated with new chapter May 1, 2013

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in New releases, Peridot Press.
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The Crystal Spirit

Our imprint Peridot Press has released a new eBook – a second edition of Totty Ellwood’s The Crystal Spirit, now with a new chapter.

The Crystal Spirit was first published by Peridot in 2003 as a printed book. It is the moving account of Totty’s journey to Bali after her brother Jonathan Ellwood was among 202 people killed in the Kuta nightclub bombing in 2002.

Jonathan, 37, was an international school teacher in Vietnam and was in Bali for an International Baccalaureate conference.

Totty, also an international school teacher, then working in Malaysia, recounts the horror of discovering Jonathan’s death and her experiences in Bali in the aftermath of the disaster as she and her family sought to find out what happened to him and to recover his body, battling red tape and British officialdom.

The obstacles and bureaucracy faced by the Ellwood family in their efforts led to an apology from the British Government and a meeting with Foreign Secretary Jack Straw amid attempts to improve the UK response to overseas disasters.

For the eBook, Totty, who now works at the International School Moshi, Tanzania, has written a new chapter, in which she describes the lasting impact on her family of the loss of her brother.

She also explains how the tragedy prompted her to research the way in which schools deal with and teach about death, with the aim of helping bereaved families, and describes how colleagues and friends from all over the world have continued to pay tribute to and share their memories of Jonathan in the years since his death.

To order the eBook, click here.

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