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What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim

A Midlife Misadventure on Spain’s Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Regular price $21.95 CAD
  • ISBN: 9781553652403
  • Tags: Audiobook Available, Biography & Memoir, Jane Christmas, Travel & Adventure,
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
  • Published On: 08/09/2007
  • 288 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781926685564
  • Tags: Audiobook Available, Biography & Memoir, Jane Christmas, Travel & Adventure,
  • Published On: 22/09/2007
  • 288 Pages

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In this wickedly funny account, Jane Christmas describes her pilgrimage along Spain's infamous Camino de Santiago de Compostela in celebration of her fiftieth birthday. Somehow she finds herself leading fourteen squabbling middle-aged women—until she inadvertently loses them and sets out on her own. That is when her real adventure begins, as she battles loneliness, hunger, and exhaustion.

But she also encounters charming villages, thickly forested vales, and more compatible pilgrims, including an enigmatic fair-haired man, whose appearance has been predicted by a psychic. By journey's end, Christmas has discovered that it is the detours of life that leads us to our heart's desire.

Jane Christmas is the author of Incontinent on the Continent, What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim, and The Pelee Project. Her most recent memoir, And Then There Were Nuns, was shortlisted for the 2014 Leacock Medal. She has three grown children and lives in England.


"Many books have been written about crossing northern Spain on the centuries-old Camino de Santiago, but this one by a Torontonian is funnier, cleverer and more informative than most." -Vancouver Sun

"The title, subtitle and first line of Jane Christmas's memoir tell you almost everything you need to know about the book: who, what, where, when and why are laid out neatly, and the first sentence, 'Impulse is intuition on crack,' sets both the hook and the tone . . . It's a great first line and it suits the book, which is relentlessly smarter, funnier and holier than thou." -Globe & Mail

"Lively and punchy…you walk away from this book feeling flushed and a bit bruised." -Sunday Times