Author Reveals Profound Near Death Experience as Inspiration of Latest Novel

clover book“The main character in Andrew Clover’s latest novel has an accident, her consciousness splitting to revisit significant scenes in her past and to review her life. And this, he claims, happened also to him.”

In the latest podcast from The Eternities, the author discusses a near death experience during which he seemed to leave his body.

Clover tells how he tripped and knocked himself out “while running to collect his young daughter from a local bus stop. But instead of finding himself unconscious, he claims to have remained aware.”

“I could actually see my body in this puddle, and then I was just thinking, ‘The girls!’, and I was remembering my eldest daughter.” Suddenly, he found himself viewing her safely making her way home.

“And the next thing, I was back in my house and I could see my eldest daughter … she was fine. And I was in the living room and I could see my youngest daughter, lying on the sofa. And I just suddenly thought ‘ Oh my god, what have I done!’ Just terrible guilt. What I saw really quickly were sort of scenes in my life with her.

“It seemed to expose the core thought in my being, which was, ‘have I failed my children? Have I done enough?'”

Clover also described the sense of being “watched by a kinder force” and how, after being given an experience of profound peace, he was told he must return to his body.

The experience inspired his most recent novel, The Things I’d Miss, about a woman who has a near death experience and awakes in her past, eighteen years old, lying beside the man she had always loved yet never kissed. It has been described by the UK press as Heart stopping, and genuinely instructive about love” and A modern fable about working out what is really important”.

Clover also describes in the podcast how his experience conditioned a more flowing and less intellectual approach to the novel’s writing. “The experience I’ve had has made me much more aware of the phenomenon of the higher self … I think I’d half believed that [before]. It doesn’t seem like a step to think that that wiser self is somehow connected to everyone else and somehow outside of time.”

Listen to The Eternities podcast interview with Andrew Clover.

Martin Higgins

Martin Higgins is a journalist, podcaster and novelist. In 2012 he published Human+, described by as "a science-fiction page-turner inspired by futures studies, psychic spy research, and the transhumanist movement". In 2017 he became a co-Founder and Media Director of Ankorus. He is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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2 Comments on "Author Reveals Profound Near Death Experience as Inspiration of Latest Novel"

  1. The author doesn’t mention it, so I assume it didn’t happen. I find it strange that his daughters, went from the bus stop to home, apparently without showing any interest in the father lying on the ground, seemingly unconscious.

    • The other two children were at home all along. Andrew didn’t want
      to leave them, which is why he was running to meet the third. Sorry I
      didn’t make this clear in the article. All is explained in the podcast.

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