Book review: A Natural History of Ghosts, By Roger Clarke
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.
Friday 20 September 2013
Beginning with his own uncomfortable early encounter with an eerie corner of his old family house, Clarke's compelling account of apparitions, phantoms and bumps in the night through the centuries takes us from the Medieval Age through to the current day, and from the science of ghost hunting to the scandals around seances.
There are plenty of chilling anecdotal 'sightings' along the way, evocatively described, though they are counterbalanced by history's biggest hoaxes and charlatons.
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