My Life in Orange
Growing Up with the Guru
by Tim Guest
Pub Date 05 Jul 2018
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The bestselling memoir of a childhood in the Rajneeshi cult - as seen in hit Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country
In 1981 Tim Guest was taken by his mother to a commune in a small village in Suffolk. It was modelled on the teachings of the famous Indian "guru", Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who preached an eclectic doctrine of Eastern mysticism, chaotic therapy and sexual freedom. Both were given Sanskrit names, dressed entirely in orange and instructed to completely abandon their former identities.
Tim - or Yogesh, as he was now known - spent the rest of his childhood in Bhagwan's various communes in England, Oregon, Pune and Cologne. While his mother meditated, chanted and ran therapy groups, Yogesh lived a life of unsupervised freedom, occasionally catching glimpses of the strange behaviour of the adults around him. In 1985 the movement collapsed after Bhagwan's arrest and Yogesh was once again Tim, about to start life at a secondary school in North London, alone with the secret of his extraordinary childhood.
In his first book, now in a new edition, Guest describes the other-worldly experience of growing up in an environment of unsupervised freedom and often disturbing adult behaviour.
'A book to make you thankful for your boring childhood' Marie-Claire
'A must-read, an extraordinary, harrowing, sometimes hilarious account.' The Herald
'Funny, gently ironic, closely observed, poignant and moving. Guest makes an astonishingly mature debut.' Spectator
'Hilarious and heartbreaking, it says much for the human spirit ... a beautiful written account.' Daily Mail