On the list of things you can do to spark joy (to use a phrase that has infiltrated the zeitgeist), few people would think to include writing a book.

From conception to writing and revisions, right through to publication, when the final product ends up on a shelf (virtual or real), it’s a lengthy and often lonely journey that’s riddled with a full spectrum of emotions. A way to spark frustration, more like.

Finding the Heart Sutra, by Alex Kerr304 pagesALLEN LANE