SHIBBOLETH – debut novel by John Ogden March 07 2016

So here it is!

My debut novel 'Shibboleth- The Shaman's Apprentice' is dangerously close to completion.


Following on from my quiet announcement last week, I have launched a crowd funding campaign for the final stage – the design and printing of a small limited edition advance copy of the novel for pitching, reviews ... and for my supporters.


An initially campaign last year successfully raised the funds to pay for two great editors, and I was also able to engage some legal opinion. Although the novel is a work of fiction, it is set in a very real world around real and controversial events, so due diligence had to be applied.


In truth, the first round of crowd funding sponsors did all the heavy lifting in that it was their belief that I could actually write a novel, and blind faith that I could get to this stage, that actually allowed me to progress. In four decades of working as an award winning photographer, filmmaker, artist, writer and publisher, I have never received a government grant, so I would like to restate how much I appreciate the support of all those who have helped in getting this work completed. I have been working away for almost 5 years on this manuscript, but those promised rewards are not far away.


For those who join in to help get the book over the line, I want to ensure that you get something very special for your generosity. The advance small rum special edition will be the author's edition (bit like a 'director's cut'). I expect that it will change substantially (ie get homogenised) for an international audience, so this small edition will become something of a collectible. If anyone wishes to write a review on this edition, or just give a quotable quote, it could become part of the final package. I will be offering a prize for the best review – even if it is not flattering.

The response from editors and readers has been tremendous. Here are a couple of quotes from the editors:

"I’ve had a blast reading and working on Shibboleth. The story is sure to have far-reaching appeal – it is packed with compelling characters and events, rich with symbolism and philosophy, and bursting with contemporary history and intrigue. Ogden's command of language engages and holds the reader, pushing the movement of the story through its paces." Brigitte Staples.

"Shibboleth – The Shamans' Apprentice is an amazing read; profound, shocking, hilarious and inspiring." Din Heagney.


If you want to help get this done, or just want to find out more about it, please go to:


Mock-up of cover only