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- DescriptionThe English, Peter Ackroyd tells us in this fascinating collection, see more ghosts than any other nation. Each region has its own particular spirits, from the Celtic ghosts of Cornwall to the dobies and boggarts of the rth. Some speak and some are silent, some smell of old leather, others of fragrant thyme. From medieval times to today, stories have been told and apparitions seen - ghosts who avenge injustice, souls who long for peace, spooks who just want to have fun. The English Ghost is a treasury of such sightings - which we can believe or t, as we will. The accounts, packed with eerie detail, range from the door-slamming, shrieking ghost of Hinton Mar in the 1760s and the moaning child that terrified Wordsworth's nephew at Cambridge, to the headless bear of Kidderminster, the violent demon of Devon who tried to strangle a man with his cravat and the modern-day hitchhikers on Blue Bell Hill. Comical and scary, like all good ghost stories, these curious incidents also plumb the depths of the English psyche in its yearnings for justice, freedom and love.
- Author BiographyPeter Ackroyd is internationally known as a novelist and cultural historian. His non-fiction books include Albion: The Origin of the English Imagination, the prize-winning London: a Biography, Thames: Sacred River and most recently Venice: Pure City
- Author(s)Peter Ackroyd
- Date of Publication07/10/2010
- SubjectThe Paranormal
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintChatto & Windus
- Weight379 g
- Width144 mm
- Height204 mm
- Spine29 mm
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