In My Past Life I was Cleopatra

A sceptical believer's journey through the New Age

Amal Awad
AUD $32.99

A humorous and incisively-reported look at the new 'new age' - from the divine to the absurd - from SBS journalist and TedX presenter, Amal Awad.

For as long as humans have existed, we have consulted everything from the stars to stones with symbols on them. Growing up in an Arab Muslim family, SBS journalist and TEDx presenter Amal Awad was keenly aware of the unseen forces at play in her life - superstition, fatalism and magical jinn were more real to her than any Hollywood fantasy.

From religious devotion to New Age love and light, Amal has tried ... a lot. While this doesn't make her an expert in healing your life, it does makes her a well-versed one, fluent in the boundless healing modalities on offer in our ever-expanding retail universe. From psychic mediums and spirit guides to Paleo diets and empowerment, there are questionable (and downright fraudulent) solutions being sold to the masses. Yet, arguably, there is still a lot of good to be found in these offerings.

In this funny and shrewdly observed book, Amal shares her personal journey to peace and empowerment via a wide array of psychics, healers and witches, considering the smorgasbord of spiritual thinking on offer for people wanting to #livetheirbestlife and exploring whether these practices can help, harm or both in the quest for spiritual enlightenment.

Author bio:

Amal Awad is a journalist, author and screenwriter. She has contributed to ELLE, Frankie, Meanjin, Going Down Swinging, Daily Life, SBS Life and Junkee. Amal has also produced and presented for ABC Radio National. Amal is the author of five books, including two novels, with a third novel due for release in 2021. She has also contributed to various anthologies. Visit her at

Category: Other books
ISBN: 9781760525972
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Imprint: Murdoch Books
Pub Date: February 2021
Page Extent: 296
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Self-help & personal development