When I asked author Lyn Behan if she’d write a blog post on why she wrote The Men and the Medium, she sent me the following:
My grandmother has always fascinated me. She was beautiful, mysterious and had had, it appeared to me as an impressionable child, a romantic life. She’d been married three times and had a platonic relationship with another man who adored her and cared for her all her life. On the few occasions that my father reluctantly sent me off to stay with her, he gave dire warnings about her ‘being a bad influence’ and not to take any notice of her. He didn’t have a lot of sympathy for her; she sent him and his brothers to boarding school when they were very young, and he felt certain that his father died of a broken heart when she left him. He did acknowledge her healing and psychic abilities, however. He’d also had these abilities but gave up Spiritualism as he found it too draining on his health.
I never had a ‘normal’ conversation with my grandmother; she seemed to live in a different world, evident from her poetry. She made a lot of money from her healings, and received many valuable artifacts and antiques in lieu of payment as she never charged for her work. But she gave away most of these things to unscrupulous dealers.
Writing the Men and the Medium has been a fascinating journey of discovery, researching her life and times and piecing together my memories and the things my father told me.
She and I are both delighted with the outcome, a beautiful book that I can now hold in my hand and you can purchase to read, and Lyn is presently working on her next book.
About The Men and the Medium
When radio inventor and spiritualist, Leslie Carter, meets the beautiful psychic healer, Lily Bancroft, he knows she’s his soulmate and that he could love only her. But Lily is focused on becoming a healer and spiritualist medium. Through two world wars and three marriages, she struggles to fulfil her dreams. Leslie stands by her as each of her marriages fails. Will his love ever be returned?
Based on a true story of love and the paranormal set against the backdrop of two world wars.
“A well-thought-out narrative of turn of the century England and the impact that the drastic economic, social, and political changes had on individual lives. An eminently fine read.” Charles Ray. Awesome Indies Book Awards.
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