Joan Grant (1907-89) came to fame in 1937 as the author of Winged Pharaoh, a historical novel set in ancient Egypt. ‘I have been enthralled by the book as by nothing I have read for years’ said London’s Sunday Times and it soon leapt into the best seller lists in countries round the world. Admired for its vivid portrait of a civilisation wiser than ours, Winged Pharaoh inspired readers with the ideals and values of its young heroine Sekeeta. Seven more novels followed as well as two collections of stories for children.
It was only on publication of her autobiography in 1956, that Joan publicly revealed that ‘during the last twenty years, seven books of mine have been published as historical novels which to me are biographies of previous lives I have known.’ In her later years Joan and her husband Dr Denys Kelsey practised past life regression therapy, and co-wrote Many Lifetimes about their experiences and ideas.
‘Joan Grant’s directness, originality and generosity of spirit shine through every word she utters, from the acute observations of a precocious child to the brilliant exposés of her mature years. Grant’s integrity and fearlessness never abandon her. For her, the veil between the worlds simply does not exist. She is able to talk with clear certainty about other realities, past lives, the supra-physical and death.’
– Dr Catherine Shainberg, author of Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming.