A pilgrimage into the mind

by Michael Small

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Retired teacher, Wade, sets out to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. It is a pilgrimage of self-discovery, looking back at his life to date, planning for the time that is left and hoping to regain the belief in God he once had as a child. However,  there a hidden secret in his past that he doesn't want to face up to.


Along the way he meets many other pilgrims, including Angelina, a captivating young Swedish woman less than half his age. Wade is fascinated by Angelina, who reawakens his desire for a woman – a longing he has suppressed ever since the breakup of his marriage.

As he follows the arrows across northern Spain, Wade becomes sidetracked from his spiritual search and instead spends much of his time trying to find a woman – but is it true love, or just sex that he wants?

A mysterious figure, the ancient Diego, warns Wade about this obsession, which is preventing him from making any progress towards his spiritual goal. Diego is his mentor, seeming to know the inner workings of Wade's mind - that he is concealing something, even from himself - but what is this dark secret?

When an almost forgotten figure from the past gradually emerges, will Wade be ready to accept the hidden truth, that has been secure in the deep recesses of his mind for so many years?

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Michael Small taught English as a Foreign Language for many years until his retirement. 

Sometime later, after walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, he resolved to fulfil a lifetime's ambition and write his debut novel - Waiting for Amy.

These days he lives in Devon, by the sea; but he is a frequent visitor to northern Spain and Germany, where he has friends and family.

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   "That's normal," said the old man."There is a saying, and it's true, that the Camino gives you what you need, not what you want."t's true, that the Camino gives you what you need, not what you want."

   "I've heard this already," said Wade. "But aren't they the same thing?"

   "Many people think so, but with fortitude you may understand the difference in the end. In the meantime follow the arrows and experience what you must until you find the truth."

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