Debut release by Virginia Routh Lynch tells one woman’s highly personal account of a decades-long exploration to find herself

The Cloak

By Virginia Routh Lynch

Virginia is a young mother living in London in the 1970s and ‘80s who, insomuch as anyone can tell, appears to be doing just fine. She enjoys her work as a book editor with a local publisher, she adores spending time with her four young children, and—as far as even she knows—is happily married to a musician and burgeoning composer. But churning still undetected just under the surface, is an inner turmoil which is about to turn her life on end.

In a gripping account of self-discovery, debut author, Virginia Routh Lynch, explores the personal journey forty years ago of inner and outer transformation that altered the course of her life. Today, Lynch is a retired career psychologist and Jungian psychotherapist, but forty years ago—in the defining decade the book unearths—she was a literary editor who’d married young and was occupied caring for her growing family while struggling to decipher the feelings of listlessness slowly rising within her.

Sewn from a delicate tapestry of diaries and journal entries written over the ten tumultuous years that would shape the rest of her life, in The Cloak, Lynch deftly stitches together a beautiful and compelling portrait of one woman’s life-changing voyage to find—and ultimately become—herself. Following in the footsteps of C.G. Jung, the author describes her own journey of individuation, as she returns to university and down the path of psychological study. Yet, the inspirational and thought-provoking account is written for anyone and everyone.

“Jung’s ideas inspire me and permeate the book’s narrative,” Lynch says. “But the book is intended for the ordinary reader interested in reading about other people’s journeys, and looking for ideas and inspiration.”

The Cloak makes for easy reading in which thematic waters run deep. This, to the author’s own admission, is by design, in an aspiration to reach readers the book stands to touch most—those who, whether consciously aware of it or not, also find themselves on a path of personal transformation looking for an inspirational example to root and guide them.

“When I first started exploring the unconscious forty years ago, it had a shattering effect on my life,” Lynch says. “In describing my experience through this book, I hope to show readers that they too have a golden string running through their lives and encourage them to grasp hold of it and follow it—to inspire them to learn more about themselves and to search for their true self.”

For them, she says, “I hope the book will be revelatory.”

Publication date: October 11, 2022

Hardcover • 5.5 x 8.5 • 194 pages • 9780996899369 • $26.95 / £19.99 / €24.95

Paperback • 5.5 x 8.5 • 196 pages • 9780996899390 • $14.95 / £9.99 / €14.95

Ebook • 9781958564899 • $4.99 / £3.99 / €4.49

Audiobook • Retail 9781958564998 • Library 9781958564981 • (Rec) $14.99 / £12.99 / €14.99

Virginia Routh Lynch is an analytical psychologist and psychotherapist. She worked for the NHS at Ashford Hospital, Middlesex and in private practice in Chiswick. Virginia is a Londoner but has also lived in Sussex near Rye and in Kent in Sutton Valence. Since moving to Studland in late 2020, one of the most beautiful places in England, she has become involved in village life. In May 2022, she became chairman of the Purbeck University of the Third Age. She goes frequently to concerts of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Their brilliant performances have inspired her to donate the royalties of The Cloak to the orchestra.

For more information or to connect with Virginia, visit

“An honest and fascinating account of the author’s struggle to get free of the power games in relation to her mother, her marriage, her lover and the psychoanalytic organisation that should have been able to help her find herself.”

Professor Michael Jacobs, PhD

Author of The Presenting Past

“A very honest and readable memoir…The accounts from “lived experience” as an analysand in Jungian analysis, and as a psychotherapist, were a revelation to me.”

Michael Wright

Emeritus Professor, Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Brunel University, Uxbridge

“What an astonishing work, I couldn’t stop reading, it is fascinating from start to finish.”

Graham Lennox

FRCP, consultant neurologist

“At times, heartbreaking. At other times exhilarating, and thought-provoking…A fascinating book, and I really enjoyed every page of it.”

Stephan Roman

Historian and author of Isle and Empires

“This is a fascinating book. Honest, brave, insightful. Virginia Routh Lynch is passionate about Carl Jung and introduces some of his concepts elegantly and insightfully, making it a wonderful introduction to anyone interested in exploring dreams and venturing on a journey of self-discovery.”

Lucinda Montefiore

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