A beautifully produced but highly provocative book has been delighting some people and infuriating others this summer – and it’s about a Druid. Bricks by Leon Jenner is one of those ‘Marmite’ books that you’ll either spit out with a shriek of disgust or wolf down with relish and ask for more. There’s no way you can be luke-warm about Bricks that Mark Booth of Coronet chose to publish after hearing of its runaway success as an audio-book. Mark is author, under the nom-de-plume of Jonathan Black, of the equally controversial Secret History of the World, and with Jenner’s manuscript he has created a book that is a joy to behold – with artwork commissioned by him and paper stock and design that most authors long for but seldom get from their publisher. In addition two short videos have been made to promote the book which I’ll paste in below.
To show you just how Marmite-like this book is, I’ll give you the reactions of two friends: both published authors steeped in Druid learning, both of whose opinions I respect:
Kris Hughes, author of Natural Druidry, writes: ‘Bricks is perhaps the strangest book I have ever read – I kept finding myself looking up from the book muttering “What the….!!!!”. All in all, I really don’t know what to make of it, except that I find it oddly disturbing…Does anybody know anything about this guy?’
John Matthews, well-known author of many books on the Grail and Celtic and Druid matters, said to me: ‘Have you read Bricks? It’s extraordinary – I loved it.’
My reaction? Like Kris, I couldn’t handle it, but I suppose if we are to stay with the Marmite analogy, the trick is to eat another slice of toast with it on – even if you found you couldn’t bear it the first time!