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The English Ghost

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An enormously enjoyable spooky collection of ghost-sightings over the centuries, full of the spirit of place, in true Ackroyd style.

The 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 north. 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 not, as we will. The accounts, packed with eerie detail, range from the door-slamming, shrieking ghost of Hinton Manor in the 1760s and the moaning child that terrified Wordsworth's nephew at Cambridge, to the headless bear of Kidderminster, the violent daemon of Devon who tried to strangle a man with his cravat and the modern-day hitchhikers on Bluebell 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.


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Hardback Editions

October 2010 : UK Hardback

Title: The English Ghost: Spectres Through Time
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7011-6989-3 / 978-0-7011-6989-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

October 2011 : UK Paperback

Title: The English Ghost: Spectres Through Time
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-09-928757-9 / 978-0-09-928757-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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