Book Review: Fiona Horne’s The Naked Witch proves there are many feathers to a witch’s hat

Fiona Horne is a witch but she could also be considered an “onion.” In her memoir, The Naked Witch she strips away the layers and gives readers a raw and honest account of her life. This enables readers to delve deeper and deeper into different layers and just when you think you have her all figured out, she throws another bombshell or twist into the mix. In short, it’s very easy to be transfixed by her spell.

Horne first rose to prominence as part of the nineties, electro-rock group, Def FX. What some people may not know is that prior to achieving rock star fame, Horne was ostracised and bullied and wound up a homeless teenager. She had some lost years where she did drugs and went through a series of terrible jobs. She was also racked by lots of self-doubt and other demons, which she confronts here.

When Def FX broke up Horne continued to be in the public eye, but this time as a celebrity witch. She would write a few practical guides on the topic and these were quite popular with people. In The Naked Witch Horne writes a memoir and peppers this with anecdotes from her fascinating life. She includes some cameos from the likes of: Tom Jones, Gene Simmons, Gwen Stefani and Marilyn Manson. Horne also inspired the hit song, “Cry” by The Mavis’s. Is there anything this girl hasn’t done?

These days Horne is a proud 50 year old who leads a busy and active life. She teaches yoga, works as a commercial pilot, does professional fire dancing and lives in the Caribbean. Horne has managed to pack so much into one life that it’s almost like she’s lived multiple ones. Do witches believe in reincarnation? We’re not sure, but The Naked Witch touches on a lot of different things and Horne should be commended because she refuses to sugar-coat things. Instead, she describes the different events in detail, witch’s warts and all!

The Naked Witch is a book by a warm and optimistic soul and this is apparent from what she’s managed to achieve as well as the pages of this book. Horne is down-to-earth and proves to be a determined and inspiring woman who has lived an enviable life, even with the setbacks and tragedy. The Naked Witch is ultimately a fun memoir about an enigmatic creature who proves that there are many feathers to her witch’s hat.

The Naked Witch is available now through Rockpool Publishing


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