Ross Bassett and his wife abandon their life in the suburbs of Perth and head to London.
The seventies are in full swing. Marriage is not what it used to be. Ross and June experiment as their Twickenham household plays musical beds.
Out of left field, they are introduced to a new phenomenon: Meditation. In a converted factory, the Cricklewood Centre attracts disaffected youth seeking meaning in their lives. Having abandoned existentialism, Ross is plunged into a spiritual search.
A trip to Paris leads to a surprise epiphany. Upon their return, the couple sign up with Transcendental Tours and take the hippy trail to India.
At an Indian ashram, Ross finds his guru and the fulfilment he has been seeking.
Amid work, dance, and group therapy, a brief period of celibacy gives way to a sexual smorgasbord.
In time, the bliss evaporates. Ross is obliged to confront the reality of the guru experience and issues he can no longer ignore.
Bruce Menzies was born in Subiaco, Western Australia. After scraping through a law degree he moved to Canberra for a stint in the Public Service, highlighted by three years in Germany. In the seventies, he worked as a lawyer in Fremantle and helped set up a Montessori school. Graduating to an Indian ashram, he spent seven years in a commune before returning to Perth in the mid-eighties. In 1990 Bruce and his wife built a mud brick home in Denmark, grew bio-dynamic raspberries and ran holiday accommodation. During that period Bruce morphed from a lawyer into a mediator – and succumbed to the writing virus. Since 1998 Bruce has written short stories, a magazine column, and semi-serious articles on relationships, gender, gurus, and other taxing topics. In 2011, he published The Warp and the Weft, an account of his ancestors and their migration to Australia in the nineteenth century. His first novel, Absence Makes, was published by Vivid in April 2013.