The English see more ghosts than any other nation. From medieval times to the present day, stories have been told about ghosts who avenge injustice, souls who long for peace and spooks who just want to have fun.
The English Ghost is a treasure trove of such sightings; comical and scary, like all the best ghost stories, these accounts, packed with eerie detail, range from the moaning child that terrified Wordworth's nephew at Cambridge to modern day hitchhikers on Blue Bell Hill.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/10/2011
- Category: Ghosts & poltergeists
- ISBN: 9780099287575
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Review by passion4reading
This small volume is a collection of supposedly real-life hauntings, ghost sightings and other supernatural events, all given as accounts by ordinary citizens, some reported in newspapers. The author states in the introduction that it is up to the reader whether or not to believe the individual statements, yet it is his firm belief that the witnesses all fully believed in the reality of what they had seen or experienced. Peter Ackroyd examines the various beliefs from the twentieth century back to the Anglo-Saxons, and of the different English regions with particular spirits. This is intriguing and enlightening, even if the accounts that follow scored quite low on the shiver scale.