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PREVIOUS EDITION COVERS

A BOOK OF ANGELS (1990, 2004, 2011)

AUTHOR'S INSIGHTS
THIS IS BY FAR MY MOST CELEBRATED BOOK. I WAS BETWEEN BOOKS (ALWAYS A HARD TIME FOR A WRITER) AND THOUGHT I'D PUT DOWN FOR MYSELF (OR FOR MY CHILDREN IF SOMEDAY THEY WERE INTERESTED) ALL THE MAGICAL, MYSTERIOUS, INCONCEIVABLE THINGS THAT HAD HAPPENED TO ME – BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T MAKE SENSE ACCORDING TO THE RATIONAL SCIENTIFIC WAY I HAD BEEN BROUGHT UP TO BELIEVE THE WORLD WORKED. WHEN IT WAS FINISHED I THOUGHT, "THIS IS REALLY GOOD." BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHEN YOU WRITE CRAP OR STUFF THAT REALLY WORKS. IT WAS ONLY LATER THAT I REALIZED IT WAS ABOUT ANGELS AND GAVE IT THAT SPECIAL NAME.

THE PUBLISHER DID NOT EXPECT MUCH FROM THIS BOOK. THEY PRINTED 5,000 COPIES, MOSTLY FOR LIBRARIES. IT BECAME A HUGE BESTSELLER. PEOPLE BOUGHT TEN AND TWELVE COPIES TO GIVE TO FRIENDS, WHO BOUGHT TEN AND TWELVE COPIES TO GIVE TO THEIRS. THE PUBLISHER WAS ASTONISHED. THEY COULDN'T KEEP IT IN PRINT. AS FOR MYSELF, WRENCHED OVERNIGHT FROM THE QUIET LIFE OF A MOLE TO THE HARSH LIGHT OF PUBLICITY, I WENT INTO THERAPY, WHERE I LEARNED THAT SUCCESS IS AS HARD TO ADJUST TO AS FAILURE.

I RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF LETTERS FROM PEOPLE:

"THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS. NOW I KNOW I'M NOT CRAZY. I'VE NEVER TOLD MY STORY TO ANYONE, NOT EVEN MY MOTHER . . . "

TWO COMPLIMENTS IN PARTICULAR STICK IN MY MIND. FIRST IS THE PRIEST WHO TOLD HIS CONGREGATION THAT TWO BOOKS SHOULD BE AT EVERY BEDSIDE: THE BIBLE AND A BOOK OF ANGELS.

THE OTHER WAS FROM A WOMAN WHO WROTE HOW MUCH A BOOK OF ANGELS MEANT TO HER DYING MOTHER, WHO HELD THE BOOK AS SHE READIED HERSELF FOR THAT FINAL JOURNEY.