My friend Stephen Schettini has published his book, The Novice. Stephen teaches mindfulness meditation. He comes to his expertise honestly, not as a fat-cat Westerner who studied under some three-times-removed local “guru”, but as a full-fledged Tibetan Buddhist monk who lived and trained with some of the greatest spiritual teachers in their native land. Not bad for what he describes as a “privately schooled Anglo-Italian Catholic boy from rural Gloucestershire”. He documents an extraordinary journey of self-exploration and discovery that is relevant to all of us.