The Haunting of Alma Fielding

A True Ghost Story from 1930s England
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • erscheint ca. am 17. September 2020
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 384 Seiten
978-1-4088-9545-0 (ISBN)
London, 1938. In the suburbs of the city, an ordinary young housewife has become the eye in a storm of chaos. In Alma Fielding's modest home, china flies off the shelves, eggs fly through the air; stolen jewellery appears on her fingers, white mice crawl out of her handbag, beetles appear from under her gloves; in the middle of a car journey, a terrapin materialises on her lap.

Nandor Fodor - a Jewish-Hungarian refugee and chief ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research - reads of the case, and hastens to the scene of the haunting.

But when Fodor starts his scrupulous investigation, he discovers that the case is even stranger than it seems. By unravelling Alma's peculiar history, he finds a different and darker type of haunting: trauma, alienation, loss - and the foreshadowing of a nation's worst fears. As the spectre of Fascism lengthens over Europe, and as Fodor's obsession with the case deepens, Alma becomes ever more disturbed.

With rigour, daring and insight, the award-winning pioneer of non-fiction writing Kate Summerscale shadows Fodor's enquiry, delving into long-hidden archives to find the human story behind a very modern haunting.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
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  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • Höhe: 216 mm
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  • Breite: 135 mm
978-1-4088-9545-0 (9781408895450)

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Kate Summerscale is the author of the number one bestselling The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Galaxy British Book of the Year Award, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and adapted into a major ITV drama. Her first book, the bestselling The Queen of Whale Cay, won a Somerset Maugham award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. Her third book, Mrs Robinson's Disgrace, was a Sunday Times bestseller; while her fourth, The Wicked Boy, was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010, she lives in London.
Praise for Kate Summerscale: She has turned a sepia photograph into a film that runs through the mind in glorious and unimpeachable Technicolor * Observer * Summerscale's brilliance lies in charting, with beautiful precision, a story's strange echoes and reverberations * Mail on Sunday * No other writer could have made the case so fascinating and so vivid ... It would be impossible to read this dry-eyed * Spectator * An extraordinary book which will stay with you * Daily Express * Gripping... Summerscale is an exquisite storyteller. She is judicious in her use of detail, subtle in her unspoken connections between the past and the present * The Times * The finest documentary writing Absolutely riveting * Guardian * As Kate Summerscale has proved before, she has a wonderfully sharp eye for stories which turn out not to be quite what they seem... a remarkably heartening story * Daily Mail * Scrupulous and occasionally startling * Observer * Simply superb * Guardian * Extraordinary * Daily Telegraph * I was hooked after the first few pages. It's as good as non-fiction could possibly get * Daily Mail * A scalpel-sharp investigative mind * Sunday Times * I can't think of another book which takes you so fast into the smells, tastes and atmosphere of that time Nothing less than a masterpiece * Mail on Sunday *

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