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Shadows in the Wall, a surreal and atmospheric love story, relates the dominance of the Church during the Reformation with oppression of the people by the political systems of the present day. Jacob D’Arcy, a 16th Century wool merchant and Alchemist is married to Isabel. When his wife dies of a fever he takes in a housekeeper an uneducated girl from the streets. Jacob recognises her innate intelligence and becomes a mentor to her. As their relationship grows they become lovers and he gives her the name ‘Mystry’. In the 21st Century, Jake, a journalist, buys Firenze House which had been built by Jacob D’Arcy, a man with such revolutionary ideas that his thoughts which are as shadows in the walls of the house start to influence Jake. In his late twenties Jake had been commissioned to write about Shakespeare and his influence on Freud. While researching in Stratford on Avon Jake had been introduced to Rhosa, a struggling nineteen year old actress. As a girl she had come to England from Egypt and because of her accent had been tormented at school. To improve her accent she had acted out Shakespeare’s plays onto a tape recorder and developed a love of his use of language and his understanding of the human condition. She and Jake have a brief affair but, because of a misunderstanding, they separate and both undergo unsuccessful marriages. Ten years on they meet again when Rhosa is an established actress and Jake a widely read journalist. They rekindle their love affair and live together in Firenze House. Their relationship is platonic as a result of a Rhosa's traumatic experience with her ex-husband who had used sex as a tool to dominate her. Rhosa is in constant conflict, needing love while being unable to open up sexually. In quiet moments their minds are separately invaded by messages coming from the walls of Firenze House with such power that they feel compelled to find out more about Jacob D’Arcy and Mystry. Behind a loose panel in a bookcase they find a Tyndale bible and papers in Latin. When they get them translated they discover that Jacob D’Arcy had been involved with three Vatican Cardinals in a plot to get rid of Church corruption by poisoning the Pope. Convinced that Jacob is communicating with them, they are driven to follow his pilgrimage. Jake becomes heavily involved in political reform and devises an alternative political system to replace the façade called Democracy by which nations are manipulated. While Jake is distracted by his political reforms, Rhosa develops a close friendship with a film director who invites her to make a film with him in Los Angeles. Jake becomes frustrated by Rhosa’s behaviour and they separate when she goes to live in Hollywood. The pressures of being treated as a commodity by the media machine cause Rhosa to suffer a breakdown fuelled by alcohol. Exhausted and appalled at her treatment by the film industry, she returns to Jake and together they embark on devising a revolution in democracy.
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Derek Bates is a distinguished Materials Scientist, business man and author. In his recent book ‘Shadows in the Wall’ he outlines the past corruption of church and state and juxtaposes this with pitfalls of modern democracy. Included in the appendix is also an overview of alternative democracy and tax simplification. He has given a series of talks on tax simplification, social inequality and democratic change.
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