Inner Journeys to the Centre of Truth
Collected Literary Writings 1973-2005 of indie author John O'Loughlin
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John James O'Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway City, the Republic of Ireland in 1952 to Seamus and Maureen O'Loughlin (nee Smythe). Following a parental split, his mother and grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland with her daughter upon the death of her Aldershot-based husband with intent to stay) found themselves financially obliged to return to England with him in the mid-50s, where he subsequently attended schools in Aldershot (Hants), Oakham (Rutland), Aldershot (again) and, upon the death and repatriation of his maternal grandmother, Carshalton Beeches (Surrey), where, despite an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant (Baptist) in consequence of having been put into care with a Mr Fegan's Children's Home (Hill House) by his mother, he attended first Barrow Hedges Primary School (at Junior level) and then Carshalton High School for Boys, where he developed a taste for cricket and football. Upon leaving - 'graduating' would hardly be the appropriate term - in pre-GCSE era 1970 with an assortment of CSEs (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCEs (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he was removed from the Children's Home by its supervisory authorities and placed with a hostel in Clapham, south London, which he endured for a week before getting his mother and stepfather, who happened to be a West Indian, to give him temporary lodgings at their flat on the Stroud Green Road in Finsbury Park, north London, from where he went on, via two short-lived jobs (one of them in a chemical warehouse in Balham, south London, that partly overlapped with his stay in the hostel, and the other in Ivor Mairants Musicentre on Rathbone Place in the West End), to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Bedford Square, WC1, where, after a period as a general clerk, he eventually became responsible, on promotion to clerical officer grade 1, for booking examination venues throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland, having himself had experience of sitting for - and passing with merit - a grade 4 piano exam at the Royal College of Music whilst still at school. After a brief flirtation with further education at Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he was then living after having moved out of his mother's flat early in the New Year (1971), he returned to his former clerical job at the Associated Board but, following an enforced move back to north London in January 1974 and two years of rented accommodation in Crouch End, handed in his notice in 1976 due to a combination of personal factors and proceeded to dedicate himself to a literary vocation which, despite a six-week return to the Associated Board in 1977 and a fairly lengthy spell as an assistant computer-cum-office-skills tutor at Hornsey Management Agency (an affiliate of Hornsey YMCA) in the late-1980s and early-1990s, he has effectively continued with ever since, irrespective of subsequent changes of address in Crouch End, Hornsey, Harringay and, latterly (and not for the first time), Stroud Green, all in the London Borough of Haringey. His novels include Changing Worlds (1976), Cross-Purposes (1979), Thwarted Ambitions (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), and Deceptive Motives (1982). Since the mid-1980s John O'Loughlin has increasingly dedicated himself to philosophy or, at any rate, to writings of a philosophical character, and has penned more than a hundred titles, including The Will to Truth (1983), Devil and God (1985-6), Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988-9), Philosophical Truth (1991-2), Maximum Truth (1993), Eternal Life (1995), The Soul of Being (1998), Point Omega Point (2002), The Dialectics of Synthetic Attraction (2004), The Centre of Truth (2009), Musings of a Superfluous Man (2011), Philosophic Flights of Poetic Fancy (2012), and, more recently, Atoms and pseudo-Atoms (2014).
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