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About Etienne de L'Amour
Etienne de L'Amour was born on February 14th, 1954 in Oxford, England and is a British citizen. Currently unattached and living in Kent, England, he works as a freelance journalist and author. Etienne has run a number of gradually evolving Sufi- and spirituality-related web sites over the years, starting with The BeezKneez, hosted by freeserve.co.uk, in January 1999. He has also been an active participant in related online forums, first founding a forum on listbot, then creating the yahoo! group Caravansarai and moving operations there in July 2001. This group was originally intended as a means of contacting and joining together folk from around the world who had known the writer, thinker and Sufi teacher Idries Shah, or had been studying his works, and who were left “up in the air” following his death in November 1996.
Etienne first went online in 1986, using GreenNet, a pioneering environmentalist- and peace-friendly internet service provider. At the time, this meant connecting with a slow dial up modem and phoning a long distance number. As the call was very expensive, it was a matter of quickly spooling articles directly from the screen to a disk file; getting off line as soon as possible, and reading the articles later at one's leisure.
Escape from the Shadowlands is Etienne's debut novel. He includes the writers Idries Shah, Doris Lessing, JRR Tolkien, John Wyndham, Robert Ornstein and Michael Argyle amongst his influences. Asked about favourite films, Etienne listed The Shawshank Redemption, As Good As It Gets, The Green Mile, Ghost, Titanic, The Truman Show, Logan's Run, Chicken Run, Equilibrium, 50 First Dates and Bruce Almighty. So what about music? Celine Dion, Cyndi Lauper, Leona Lewis -- all sorts, really. And food? A medium-hot curry, pilau rice, naan bread, a glass of red wine and good company.