The Hermit is dead but his guilt lives on in his children – guilt which stems from the ivory box he found in India during WW2 and the boy he gave it to.
Does the ivory box hold the power to send mad whoever owns it? Most rational people would think that nonsense but many of them would hold an element of doubt.
Ever practical Anne also thinks it is nonsense, but even she wavers at times. The only person who has no doubt is the artist Alice, and her insistence that Anne solve the mystery follows a thread of family fortune starting with the birth of Thomas, in 1730, and ending in a surprising conclusion nearly three centuries on.
In The Song of the Ivory Box, A.C. Llewellyn creates a mysterious back story for the ivory box featured in her autobiography, Loki’s Joke.
Anne Llewellyn was born in 1942 during the Second World War. She spent her childhood in different orphanages and this experience influenced her life in surprisingly positive ways. She started her independent life as an uneducated errand boy for a magazine but forged her way to a tertiary education and to teaching qualifications, teaching first in schools, then in colleges and eventually with adult migrants. She travelled the world often hitchhiking across continents in an effort to escape the gender dysphoria that was causing her so much trouble.
She married in 1975 and inherited four children. In addition to her teaching career she built houses, ran a successful stained glass windows business for two years, qualified in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in Homoeopathy and is running a successful health business. She had gender reassignment in 2003.
If you enjoyed this book, you may also enjoy Anne's autobiography, Loki's Joke
, (originally published under the pseudonym of Penny Blackwell but now revised and published under her own name) or her third book, Blue Mist Café
, a collection of short stories and some poems.