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| Worlds in the Mirror published

FOURTEEN years ago, Wain Farrants and Vivian Griffiths came up with the idea of publishing a book of the many articles that appeared in the Botton Mirror from the pen of Peter Roth. They covered an enormous range of subjects, mostly linking the practical daily life of the Botton Village community  with the spiritual.

The Botton Mirror, which started in 1959 and still continues today, included lists of duty drivers, lost wellington boots, visitors, reports of meetings and much more.  Peter added a daily thought which inspired many people with its originality and deep understanding of how the spiritual world and practical world meet.

Cover of Worlds in the mirror by Peter Roth published by Camphill Books.There were articles about travel and impressions of communities and countries  visited; and the death of Marilyn Monroe was recorded and so was the winter calm of the nights between Christmas and Epiphany.
Now, fourteen years later, with many revisions of Peter's english and much care and devotion by Camphill Books, the writings have been published under the title Worlds in the Mirror. Peter's essays in the Botton Mirror and other news sheets, magazines and journals from which the selection in the book have been chosen, are not dictations from a high authority or sermons from a preacher. They describe the seasons, the festivals, the celebrations; others discuss literary, artistic and scientific issues; and of course there are many on social and moral issues.

Publication in the autumn was marked with an event at the Temple Lodge Christian Community, London, where Jonathan Stedall, the BBC producer of films like Candle on the Hill, and Dr Simon Roth, Peter's son, paid tribute and recalled anecdotes.

Friends of Peter, including people with special needs, who lived at Delrow and Botton, came too. During a buffet supper many reminiscences and challenges for the future were mentioned, for Peter had the ability not to look backwards so much as forwards and the book has many insights for our life together in the future.

Worlds in the Mirror by the Rev Peter Roth O.B.E is published by Camphill Books price £19.95. It is available from Camphill bookshops or direct from Camphill Books - call 01287 661279 or email

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