The Rebirth of Alice Chastity Parsons
Alice Chastity Parsons is a downtrodden spinster of thirty-three, resigned to a life serving her parents and the forbidding, judgemental Flock of The Divine Shepherd – until a tatterdemalion band of hippies descend on sleepy Washingham.
“She ogled them as they drifted out of the square. Their haunting, faerie music lingered long after they had gone from sight, leaving behind a sad, unfulfilled dreamer who would remain pixillated by them for almost a year.”
Events drive Alice into the arms of Holy Joe, a dead ringer for the Jesus in the Sunday School tracts she gives to the Little Lambs. She seeks refuge in the hippy community, and uses it in a quest to find her runaway little sister…
'The Rebirth of Alice Chastity Parsons' releases Alice’s ‘butterfly within’ and her life changes from drab grey to a psychedelic dream. She experiences the Love, Sex, Fun and excitement (and hang-ups) of the Alternative Lifestyle, meeting some of the Movers and Shakers of the late Nineteen Sixties.
She hitches the length of Britain, and finally ends in 1969 at the Isle of Wight Festival. Alice, the graceful, flowing-haired hippy has at last found her true self – but does she find her sister?
Published: 11 December 2013
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