The Anatomy of Ghosts, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge. The ghost of murdered Sylvia Whichcote has been sighted prowling the grounds by Frank Oldershaw, a disturbed fellow commoner.

When his anxious mother employs John Holdsworth, author of "The Anatomy of Ghosts" - a stinging account of why ghosts are mere delusion - to investigate the sighting, the uneasy status quo at Jerusalem is rapidly torn apart.

Holdsworth grows to realise that the sinister Holy Ghost Club governs the privileged life at Jerusalem with a rigour far more effective than anything the Master, Dr. Carbury, could muster. And when Holdsworth finds himself haunted - not only by the ghost of his dead wife, Maria, but also Elinor, the very-much-alive Master's wife - his fate is sealed.

He must unravel the circumstances surrounding Sylvia's death...or the hauntings will continue.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780141018621



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I can't give an honest description on this whole book, because I didn't read all of it. However, there's good reason why I didn't. This book was so wordy that it put to me sleep everytime I attempted to even start it. Within three days I was only on page 40..which isn't at all normal.This book was written to impress fellow writers, not so readers would enjoy a good story.

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One day I'll learn not to be put off books about ghosts... I don't like ghost stories but mysteries including ghosts are rarely actual ghost stories. I've liked pretty much everything Andrew Taylor has ever written and have searched out much of his back catalogue. In short I liked this too but not as much as other things. I did feel the book could have done with one of those "casts of characters" lists in addition to the map in the front of the book as I kept losing track of who was who.

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