From Monkey to Moth by Hugh Major


Materialism has become the ersatz religion of the Western world, one of its main tenets being the survival of the richest, while the supporting doctrine of materialist science is based on a grand mistake, which we nevertheless share due to the pervasive influence of the mass mind. We’ve been exiled to a superficial reality where nature is reduced to a resource, value is monetary and there is no spiritual depth. This book charts a pathway from rational, patriarchal thinking and materialist values to feminine principles of imagination, holism and the power of the inner self.

With From Monkey to Moth, Hugh Major brings us his second book, already an Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust literary awards prizewinner as an unpublished manuscript in 2015. His first book, Notes on the Mysterium Tremendum, was also an Ashton Wylie prizewinner, and was a profound and fascinating introduction to the universe as inner experience as well as outer reality; very thoughtful and intelligent reflections on life and its mysteries and day to day happenings...  From Monkey to Moth promises to be every bit as fascinating and enlightening; a rich experience for anyone who wishes to further explore the nature of our lives and our place in the universe.

About the Author

Hugh Major studied English and Philosophy at Auckland University and he has taught these subjects at secondary schools, as well as English and Drama in both Scotland and Japan. He has also taught mask-making and the culture and history of masks at Auckland College of Education.

He studied painting at La Bottega d'arte Fiorentina, the studio of Gabrielle Panerai in Florence, and also with Dr David Cranswick at the Great Western Studio in London.

Hugh has exhibited in Yokohama and Auckland and was a finalist in four of the Adam Portraiture Awards between 2002 and 2008, administered by the National Portrait Gallery in Wellington, as well as for the Gallipoli Art Prize in Sydney, in 2011.

He has been a finalist in the Ashton Wylie Awards for writing in the Mind, Body and Spirit genre, with both Light Station in 2008 then Notes on the Mysterium Tremendum in 2010, the latter being a prizewinner in the Unpublished Manuscript category. In 2012, Notes on the Mysterium Tremendum won 3rd prize in the book category. His most recent book, From Monkey to Moth, won the 2nd prize in 2015's Ashton Wylie Awards in the Unpublished Manuscript category.

Hugh lives in Matakana, New Zealand, with his partner Kirsty, and their art studio can be found at

Paperback | 148 x  210mm | 978-0-9922610-3-0 | 31 March 2016 | Non-fiction, Mind-body-spirit  | 278 pages |

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