Acknowledgements. Chronology. Introduction. PART I: Diary Keeping on Holidays. A First Visit to Greece. A Second Visit to Greece. A Third Visit to Greece. Telling the Beads. The Gypsy and The Soldier. The Nature of the 'Answering Activity'. 'And Answer Came There None'. The Dancing Girl of Mykonos. A Fourth Visit to Greece. Other Beads from Other Places. 'Not Seeing Mountains'. PART II: Diary Keeping Between Holidays (A-Z). PART III: A Visit to Israel. PART IV: Work and Play. Further Meditations on the Beads and Some New Ones. A Moment of Eternity. The Source of Transformation. The Place of Transformation. Postscript. Notes.
Marion Milner (1900-1998) was a distinguished British psychoanalyst, educationalist, autobiographer and artist.
"The book is the culmination of Milner's own literary journey, a final conjunction between her maverick take on psychoanalytic theory and her interest in art as it is created by or seen by people who are not 'artists', art historians or psycho-analysts. No-one can read the book, I think, without wondering about their own equivalent of Milner's glass bead game or what mysteries lie concealed in the memories and souvenirs we bring back from our trips away from home and visits to galleries, as from our dreams." -- Hugh Haughton, from the new introduction.