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The Borley Rectory Companion [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Paul Adams , Peter Underwood , Eddie Brazil
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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9 April 2009
The definitive guide to 'the most haunted house in England'

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (9 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750950676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750950671
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars bit of a disappointment 5 Dec 2009
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I was looking forward to this book for quite a while, kept watching here on amazon until it was finally published and then I snapped it up, being a huge fan of the Borley Story. However, it was quite a disappointment, and it's a shame as I have always enjoyed Peter Underwood's other books. The main problem with this book is the format. It only really works if you are already very familiar with the story and can thus dip in. Nobody would read this from cover to cover any more than they would read a dictionary. It just doesn't stand up to that kind of reading. I mean, Ive read a few books on Borley Rectory but there were entries on different villagers or members of the local community etc etc with quite tenuous links. I don't understand why it wasn't written in normal, conventional book format. Interesting addition to my Borley bookshelf, but like others say, there is a noticable lack of any healthy scepticism or rigour. Events are related as fact, because some passing villager said so...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By AndrewC
Format:Hardcover
I couldn't resist starting my review with an extract, from their book, about me and my book. "One might be able to take the 'Bones of Borley' more seriously if its tone was not continually condescending, arrogant, irritating, full of 'nudge nudge, wink wink' innuendo and one man's personal interpretation of events". These guys are definitely up for some pretty robust reviews, one would imagine. They can certainly dish it out.

Actually, I've counted Paul and Eddie as friends for some years, and you will see from the Acknowledgments that I helped them with materials and advice. It is rare to find other people who share my fascination for the history of Borley Rectory. I found the book interesting, and it is a useful guide for the study of the history of the Borley Rectory affair. I only rate it four-stars despite the enormous work that Paul and Eddie have put into the book because it is not really an introductory book and the history of the affair that occupies the first part of the book adds little new. The research into all the characters and incidents that make up the bulk of the book is useful, but occasionally confusing, as it does not always sift speculation from hard fact and it misses out some of the absurdities of the case, such as the presence of the largest lavender oil manufacturers in Britain (Stafford Allen) being situated just over the brow of the hill, and obviously accounting for the incidents of 'paranormal smells of lavender' and 'perfumes'.

I'd say it was essential reading for the Borley Rectory buff, along with such literary curiosities as 'The Final Analysis', 'The Widow of Borley' and 'We faked the ghosts...'. I wouldn't suggest it for anyone new to the saga: for that, I'd recommend Harry Prices's two books, taken with a glass of Whiskey and a very large pinch of salt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything and Anything (almost) 3 April 2012
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... that one would wish to know about Borley Rectory and its hauntings in minute detail. The authors are to be congratulated on amassing so much information on this subject. Some of it is trivia, but it is undoubtedly a comprehensive account. I didn't find the authors' style or tone at all condescending. Nor do I consider it to be cashing in on the Borley enigma. After all, many books (of all kinds) do that. There is a detailed overview of the story of Borley Rectory in Part I. Thereafter, Part II of the book takes the form of an alphabetical gazeteer of anything - objects, personae, and events - to do with the Borley story.

Like others, I am intrigued to see that "The Widow of Borley" (a biography of Rev.Lionel Foyster's wife Marianne) who it seems was largely responsible for producing many of the so-called psychic phenomena at Borley during her elderly husband's incumbency, is labelled as a "curiosity". It is certainly not that, for that book also was excellent: and explained away much (but not all) of the froth surrounding "The Most Haunted House in England".
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3.0 out of 5 stars borley rectory 19 Mar 2011
By a Flynn
Format:Hardcover
As someone with a love of that bit of the country, who had relatives for whom the Borley legend was a conversational favourite, I would love to like this book. I think the story is (and was) 99% hokum--but isn't that other 1% fascinating? The authors, one of whom wrote a better book on the subject in the past, are clearly real enthusiasts.
However I fear this particular Borley effort isn't well researched, written or organised even on its own terms.
1 star is too mean, though (see other reviews). At least one of these 3 authors has a mass of long-acquired material on the subject, and didn't just plagiarise or precis others' work. I'm sure he's a true believer. However much I doubt, that counts for something. So 3 hopeful stars. I hope Borley prospers--when I quizzed some neighbours of the ghostly site they looked jaded and politely declined to comment! And that was a long time ago!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best overall guide to Borley Rectory 19 Aug 2014
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The ultimate book for those seeking a huge amount of information about Borley Rectory without ploughing through archives and manuscripts. Clearly set-out, produced and illustrated. A slight bias in favour of paranormal explanations to some of the dubious phenomena, but one must allow the authors to express their own viewpoints even if at variance with one's own. A very useful book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars wow
loved learning about such a amazing place. every page full of interesting things. had me wondering if the haunting was real all the way. Read more
Published 7 months ago by lyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Borley Rectory
A very interesting and informative book. This is a subject which I am particularly interested in, having visited the rectory site and Borley Church some years ago. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lesley Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars borley rectory companion
Really indepth, informative book. I though I'd read every book on Borley till I read this!! Fantastic! Lots of new things and views on all the people involved. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars The most informative book on the haunting of Borley Rectory
This a first rate book. I cannot understand the bad reviews it has recieved.The detractors must have axes to grind. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2010 by Kay S. Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Well recommended
Having red the copy i recently purchased from Amazon i'm pleased to say that i wasn't disappointed. Not 'yet another book on Borley', but an encyclopaedia of the Borley case which... Read more
Published on 10 May 2010 by Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be on the bookshelf of every Borley enthusiast
This book is almost worth having just for the splendid picture of Borley Rectory which adorns the dust jacket. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2009 by William Fisher
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice ghost story, no more
Who doesn't like a good ghost story? - and the Borley Rectory story has it all, spectral nuns and headless coachmen included. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2009 by MartinP
1.0 out of 5 stars It went bump in the night...
...when I threw it across the room in disgust. This book appears to be mostly unquestioning, and as intellectually rigorous as "Noddy Paints the Policeman". Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2009 by uspnet
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