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Memoirs of an Exorcist [Hardcover]

David Devereux
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2 May 2006
Level-headed, highly knowledgeable and completely credible, David Devereaux makes his living as an exorcist. He does his work quietly and discreetly in locations ranging from ordinary suburban homes, country pubs and provincial offices to the boardrooms of multinationals and the mansions of household names. He can tell the difference between psychic activity, hauntings by the dead and other entities. He has a long-standing client who has been the target of magical attacks on a regular basis, and he has been able to dissuade the attackers. He has successfully cornered a malevolent ghost, and pushed him across to the other side, and has witnessed violent and terrifying poltergeist activity. In this compelling and fascinating book he recalls his extraordinary experiences in the deadpan, matter-of-fact tone of the unphased professional that he is, approaching the most hair-raising of situations with calm, authority and logic - if often accompanied by a cigarette and a swift whisky.

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd (2 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233001824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233001821
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 772,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writer and professional exorcist David Devereaux was co-founder Athanor Consulting, which specialises in situations that range from cleansing houses/businesses of malign paranormal influences to curse protection and exorcism. This is his first book.

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If you'd told me twenty years ago that I was going to be an exorcist when I grew up, my first reaction would have been either amusement or disbelief. Read the first page
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! 27 Aug 2006
By J. Pay
As i work in a bookshop, I see many books like this. But after reading it i realised this book is totally different to the rest!

Written in a language we can all understand, it gives you an insight into the world of this amazing man. I think it is good that he doesn't go into too much detail about what actually is involved, it lets you imaging what he is doing and doesn't let people who have no idea what they are getting themselves in for dabbling with the dark arts!

Funny but informative a very good read!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Jason
I picked this book up on impulse whilst looking for something a little different to read. I wasn't expecting much, I was just curious, but I found it a highly entertaining read.

I'm not going to claim it's the ultimate in English literature, because it isn't (and even the author admits that fact). It's just a book about what one particular person does for a living. What makes it so interesting is that he does such an interesting job and this fact is still true even if you don't believe in anything he claims to deal with.

You know those (all too infrequent) times you've been in a pub or some other location and have got talking to someone who just seems to have had a fascinating life? You spend 3 hours listening to their anecdotes and come out feeling entirely entertained? This book is like that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs Of An Exorcist 12 May 2006
Memoirs Of An Exorcist reads like the day of a life of an exorcist; not surprising, as it's first time author, David Devereux started studying magic when he was a teenager and has been a professional exorcist for twenty years.

He writes in such a humorous and down to earth way about his first hand experiences of exorcising homes, pubs and offices that he comes across as totally convincing.

'Exorcism is an extremely specialised task that calls for a great deal of training, a very particular skill set, a confidence in one's abilities that borders on arrogance and a team of people who work well together under pressure. It's really not something to try if you have any choice in the matter.'

The most interesting thing about Memoirs is how Devereux describes his extraordinary job of an Exorcist as perfectly normal. He candidly describes the hair-raising jobs which Athanor Consulting, a 'ghost busting' company, which he co-founded are hired to do. His clients aren't esoteric weirdoes but are professional people who need their homes cleansed or pubs and businesses cleaned of malign paranormal influences.

Scientists, sceptics and disbelievers in magic of any kind will probably dismiss David's autobiographical account of an exorcist as pure fantasy. But, it doesn't matter if the reader is a cynic or a fervent believe in psychic entities of the malevolent kind. Memoirs Of An Exorcist is a highly entertaining book, whatever way you wish to view it.

David Devereux makes a living from exorcism and in his book, never escapes into fantasy. The matter of fact way he recalls his out of this world experiences is normal to him. To him and his grateful clients, his job is necessary and normal, rather like the role of a plumber. And I should know.
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