Author(s): Summerscale, Kate,
Date of Publication: 01/10/2020,
Pagination: 368 pages,
Imprint: Bloomsbury Circus,
Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC,
Book Classification: Biography: general, True crime, Horror & ghost stories, Social & cultural history
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE
London, 1938. Alma Fielding, an ordinary young woman, begins to experience supernatural events in her suburban home.
Nandor Fodor - a Jewish-Hungarian refugee and chief ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical research - begins to investigate. In doing so he discovers 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 historical narrative non-fiction Kate Summerscale shadows Fodor's enquiry, delving into long-hidden archives to find the human story behind a very modern haunting.