My Life in Orange (Paperback)

Growing Up with the Guru

Tim Guest

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.

Publication date: 05/07/2018

£9.99

ISBN: 9781788162098

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Biography & Memoir

My Life in Orange (Ebook)

Growing Up with the Guru

Tim Guest

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.

Publication date: 05/07/2018

£5.99

ISBN: 9781782835295

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B07D9V7LYH

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Biography & Memoir

Reviews for My Life in Orange

'A sweet book...[creating] a shocking but affectionate image of the Orange people'

 Time Out

'Guest writes both touchingly and evocatively...an intriguing read'

 Evening Standard

'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

'Guest's story seems to encapsulate the essential weirdness, not only of his childhood, but also of the period...compelling and poignant'

 Times Literary Supplement

'Hilarious and heartbreaking, it says much for the human spirit...a beautiful written account'

 Daily Mail

'Tim's Guest extraordinary account of his childhood is a survivor's tale, poignant, funny and wise'

 Sunday Times

Tim Guest

Tim Guest