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    DescriptionThe fascinating true history of ghosts - how we see them and why we believe in them, from Roger Clarke. What explains spectral sightings? Why do we fear the supernatural? What proof is there? Growing up in a haunted house, Roger Clarke spent much of his childhood trying to see a ghost. From the terrifying true events behind Henry James' The Turn of the Screw to the frenzy of the Cock Lane poltergeist, he takes us on a journey of belief with ghosts of every kind.


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    Title
    A Natural History of Ghosts
    Subtitle
    500 Years of Hunting for Proof
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger Clarke
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 266 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141048086
    ISBN 10: 0141048085
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PAR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T10.3
    BIC subject category V2: VXQG
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24750
    Libri: ENGM5710
    BISAC V2.8: FIC012000, PHI009000, REL047000, FIC022060
    Libri: DAEM5000, GEIS2000
    BISAC V2.8: OCC026000, REL100000, FIC015000, HIS054000, REL062000, OCC023000, OCC016000
    DC23: 133.1
    Illustrations note
    20 integrated b/w
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    03 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Raised in a haunted house, Roger Clarke is best known as a film-writer for the Independent newspaper and more recently Sight & Sound. He was the youngest person ever to join the Society for Psychical Research in the 1980s and was getting his ghost stories published by the The Pan & Fontana series of horror books aged only 15, when Roald Dahl asked his agent to take him on as a client. A published poet, his libretto for The Man with the Footsoles of Wind was performed at the Almeida Theatre in London in 1993. This is the book he always wanted to write.
    Review quote
    Beautifully written ... lithe, complicated and hugely rewarding -- James McConnachie Sunday Times Simmering as it is with personal reflections, this handsome volume ... is bursting with a giddy passion, buoyed further by an expert's thirst for abstruse facts. The main pleasure of reading this book is Clarke's own enthusiasm, intelligence and seriousness ... a deeply interesting, revealing read Book Hugger Splendid ... compelling ... Clarke manages to give goose-flesh and a giggle while informing the reader - an enviable feat Scotsman A highly enjoyable (and disturbing work) ... I am in awe of [Clarke's] intrepidity Guardian Outstanding ... Clarke's dissection of the shocks, sadnesses and sexiness of the seance tables from the late Victorian era is brilliantly done ... The book is deeply enjoyable, hugely informative and at times distinctly unsettling Shade Point Britain has over 500-years' worth of ghost stories in the cupboard and in The Natural History of Ghosts, Roger Clarke makes them dance ... the most original and readable book exploring our ghost-rich culture to appear for years ... fascinating Fortean Times Clarke's examination of the need people have to believe remains insightful and illuminating throughout Observer An intriguing, shivers-down-the-spine book The Lady Lively and absorbing ... [Clarke] has proven himself an ideal guide to this troubled and disorderly realm Literary Review A fascinating social history ... exceptionally well written and researched Starburst Magazine Why do ghosts wear clothes? This is just one of a number of interesting questions raised by this jaunty book ... In a series of short, snappy chapters, Clarke examines the evidence for just about every ghost who ever drew, or withdrew, breath ... but A Natural History of Ghosts is also haunted by another story, lurking not very far beneath: the story of the author's childhood need to believe in ghosts, and the gradual erosion of that belief -- Craig Brown Daily Mail A gripping history that traces the scientific and social aspects of ghostly sightings Telegraph Compelling ... Research into the paranormal necessarily involves a fair degree of debunking, and Clarke is careful to be sceptical. The narrative of ghost-hunting is simultaneously a history and exposure of fraud and popular delusion ... [yet] Clarke retains a boyish and ... well-informed enthusiasm for his subject Independent [A] voyage through the half-lit world of lost souls ... tales told with ghoulish relish Telegraph