Huxley in Hollywood by David King Dunaway. This is a great book about an intriguing man. What’s stuck all these years –I’ve just discovered a page full of notes made at the time of reading – is the description of Huxley’s behaviour as wife Maria lay dying of cancer. Huxley read to her from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, guiding her lovingly into death. He sat at her bedside night and day, reminding her of the things she loved and helping her transform those memories into “the light of peace and the love at the heart of all things.” Nor did he stop when she slipped into a coma, continuing to speak to her departing spirit. Gut-wrenching and inspiring stuff.
Lee Randall, senior features writer The Scotsman