The English Ghost: Spectres Through Time

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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 Ghost: Spectres Through Time, Peter Ackroyd

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.

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  • Paperback
    $17.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780099287575
    Published: 01/12/2011
    Imprint: Vintage
    Extent: 288 pages
  • Hardback
    $36.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780701169893
    Published: 01/12/2010
    Imprint: Chatto & Windus
    Extent: 288 pages
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"The idea of an Ackroyd-curated collection of true ghost stories is appealing...the book records a folk art form, now itself deceased" - Suzi Feay, Independent on Sunday

"This is a wonderful little book. It's properly old-fashioned and unorthodox, a scrapbook of clues, tittle-tattle, hints and mortal byways" - Roger Clarke, Independent

"He has found some sterling stories. It's for life, not just for Hallowe'en" -

"The stories have a pleasing strangeness, even, or perhaps especially if one does not believe in ghosts" - Independent on Sunday

"The story of the phantom hitchhiker did give me the creeps" - Colin Waters, Herald

Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd is the author of biographies of Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, Wilkie Collins and Thomas More and of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River. Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.