Bryan Andrews


Painter and Writer


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Read Centre of the Universe and find out about the Mystery of Rennes-le-Château – the village  remote in the Languedoc countryside which became suddenly famous in the 1970s when it was discovered that its priest had become impossibly rich and was spending money on building an impressive esoteric Church and Tower to hide the secrets of Mary Magdalene and the Cathars.

Come and explore my exciting new novel where you will travel through time on a quest which Salvador Dali created to bamboozle all the treasure seekers of our time. My fictional fantasy will give you a lot of wild adventures which will spark your interest and may even inspire a visit to the Languedoc with its castles and beaches and vineyards.

I am at work on my sequel novel where the same protagonists find amazing connections between the Knights Templar, Joseph Haydn and Vincent Van Gogh.  Mary Magdalene is revealed as the conduit for love in this world.

Centre of the Universe is available from many bookshops and online book retailers internationally. A selection is linked below but there are many others.

The Story Summary

13th and 14th century France: the Cathars are hunted down by the Inquisition.

19th century: in the tiny village of Rennes-le-Château, the priest embarks on a strange mission, fuelled by an astonishing Secret.

20th century: Salvador Dali delights in creating a surrealist puzzle.

21st century: the hero and heroine of Centre of the Universe are united by an amazing quest to rediscover the Cathars and solve the mystery, bringing timelines together and showing them a new way to the future.

The Mystery of Rennes-le-Château has puzzled many treasure hunters and writers since it was first revealed in the UK in the 1970s by the authors of The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, later used as a source for Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

The idea for the Centre of the Universe first occurred to Bryan Andrews in 2000 when he learnt of the strange fact that Salvador Dali had an epiphany and declared, “Perpignan Station is the centre of the Universe.”  Bryan has created an imaginary exploration of a possible solution, at the same time celebrating the fascination of the Languedoc and taking readers on a touching and hopeful journey.

Reviews for Centre of the Universe

“… a book that shows where the imagination can lead you – the perilous life of a medieval Cathar, 19th century France … from opulent Paris salons to the remote Languedoc, Salvador Dali and his stimulating barminess… and in the middle of all this is a love story. It’s a delight!” 
Kate Miller, Director, Hertford Writers Circle

“I’m so enjoying it and learning a lot and feeling your Mary Magdalene loving presence! Well done and congratulations!”
Dina Glouberman, Skyros Centre

“I enjoyed reading centre of the universe immensely!… And I learned a lot about the Cathars.”
Olwen Wolfe, Worlding, France

“I am really enjoying reading your book and I am learning a lot about that part of the world and the history of the Cathars all wrapped up in an intriguing fictional story! Well done.” 
Ruth Ward

“Great book!”
Caroline Ayre

“…a wonderful weaving of fact and fiction into an enthralling and beautiful tapestry located in the centre of the universe. I loved it!”
Sue Richards