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Mysterious Northamptonshire (Mysterious Counties Series) [Hardcover]

Daniel Codd
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1 Mar 2009 Mysterious Counties Series
Mysterious Northamptonshire concentrates on all aspects of the supernatural, paranormal and mysterious in the county of Northamptonshire. Ghosts, myths, legends, big cats, witchcraft, UFOs and the little people all feature in the book. The book is arranged by subject, though each and every area of Northamptonshire is covered to give a wide geographical spread around the county. It is aimed at the general reader interested in the county or in mysterious and bizarre events. The text is written in a lively chatty style, while maintaining good standards of English and accuracy. The inclusion of maps, numerous photos and other illustrative material breaks up the text to make the volume more appealing to the reader. The many chapters featured in the book that will fascinate the reader include: Satan & Witchcraft, Fairy & Goblin Lore, Ghost Stories of Northamptonshire, The Weird Animal Kingdom and Phenomena of the Skies.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd (1 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185983681X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859836811
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Codd was born in Lincoln, UK, in 1972, and at an early age was shown a book by his grandfather entitled Reader's Digest's Strange Stories, Amazing Facts. This book (filled with its legends of the Mary Celeste, Jack the Ripper, Spring Heeled Jack and the Loch Ness Monster) so fascinated Dan that it led him to begin collecting local ghost stories - first-hand and archive - from the people of his home county, Lincolnshire, which were subsequently published in his ground-breaking book Mysterious Lincolnshire. Other books followed, Daniel being a voracious and endlessly-intrigued compiler of the ghost stories he was told by the British public as well as their snippets of folklore, urban legends and strange tales. These tales created the template for Derby Publishing's highly-successful Mysterious Counties series, although Daniel has also contributed to Amberley's highly-regarded Paranormal series as well.

Daniel Codd's interest in the supernatural has taken him all over England, and his research has led him to seek out some of the most fascinating places these islands have to offer: from the supposed burial site of King Arthur at Glastonbury and the castle remains in Northamptonshire that witnessed the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, to Childe's Tomb, a man-sized stone cross in the middle of a Dartmoor mire miles from any kind of habitation. His obsession with seeking out the most inaccessible and hidden treasures in our land has meant he has come into close contact with a screaming skull in a cupboard in Somerset, the site of the Tyburn gallows in London and locations connected with Robin Hood in Cambridgeshire. Apart from his numerous published works on folklore, he has also contributed to Paranormal Magazine, as well as appearing on numerous BBC Radio programmes; and other writers are now found drawing upon his books for their own works.

Daniel is a firm believer in the opinion that one only gets out of life what one puts in, but he also likes to find the time to visit as many places as possible in this world and enjoy a beer or two while there. He currently resides in Skellingthorpe (a Lincolnshire village), where he juggles his family life, work life and writing life, and has lately produced an e-book which chronicles the history of sensational murder cases throughout the 18th century: the age of gibbets, pirates, smugglers, duellists and highwaymen. This work - the most thorough of its kind, entitled Tales From the Gibbet Post - was born from a realization that many traditional ghost stories stemmed from a real-life 18th century murder case; and thus Dan's latest work is a study of the reality of the era and its most notorious murders.

Dan spends a lot of time wondering if there is more to life than we are led to believe or can even understand; but also a lot of time looking for his car keys and wondering why he doesn't know what's in the hit parade anymore.

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Daniel Codd has spent years delving into supernatural history, a fascination borne out of a belief that truth is far stranger than fiction and that even the most outlandish of folkloric stories probably has a basis in fact. His research into the paranormal has seen him poring through archive documents, and he is endlessly fascinated by the stories of curiosities and strange phenomena that people tell him. He gains great satisfaction from people's interest in the subject matter, and from seeking out locations that are supposedly haunted or which have other legends attached to them. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious Northamptonshire 19 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
Saw this advertised on the BBC Northamptonshire website. It's a strange kind of book that doesn't fit easily into any particular category but I have to say that as a fan of this sort of thing I was impressed. There is something for everyone here and the book covers a wide range of topics, all of which have an element of the unexplained about them. From historical mysteries to ghosts and the paranormal. E.g., chapter 5 deals with fairy legends in the county, whereas Chapter 9 is about UFOs here. But it all fits together very well. It is all very well laid out for the reader to judge for themselves the mysteries of Northamptonshire. The author does a very good job of comparing folklore from long ago with the ghosts and things reported in today's newspapers. On the whole, it's a very good read. Very intriguing and as a local book this type of thing can't be beat. A complete and very satisfying book on Northants mysteries that goes beyond the average ghost book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious Northamptonshire 12 Sep 2011
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Purchased as a birthday present. My friend was very pleased, especially when she found out about her birth place and where she lives now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Aug 2014
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A lovely book with a lot of interesting stories that I did not know about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Informative 29 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
Daniel Codd has done a good job covering all the major sites in Lincolnshire. I would like to see him do a specialized work on the haunted RAF airfields used during WW2, with eye-witness details, maps, and photo-specific information. This would be helpful to those of us who are more interested in that area. Thanks again for a well-illustrated book.
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