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This House Is Haunted: The Investigation of the Enfield Poltergeist [Paperback]

Guy Lyon Playfair
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

10 Aug 2007
On August 31st 1977, normal life ended for the harper family - Mum (divorced) and her two sons and two daughters. It began with a bang on the walls of their modest two-storey council house in a quiet corner of Enfield. The banging went on. A chest of drawers came in and searched the house. So did the police. A chair moved in front of a police constable...

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd (10 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750948361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750948364
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Guy Lyon Playfair was involved with the Enfield Poltergeist case - the most exhaustively investigated and varied poltergeist case in the annals of psychical research. He lives in London.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is the record of the investigation into what must still be one of the longest poltergeist disturbances ever, running as it did into a couple of years rather than the usual couple of months or so.

As ever with this subject, accusations of hoaxing persist. But I find it very hard to believe that anyone who reads this book from start to finish could seriously think that what happened was all down to the trickery of children.

Guy Lyon Playfair is an open-minded writer who at the same time never ignores the possibility of a rational explanantion, if feasible. But in this case, it often isn't.

See what you think. I was absolutely hooked by this book, and I'm sure it will stay with me for a long time yet. I'm glad I didn't read it when I was a kid though, I think it would have freaked me out completely!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book really scared me. 6 April 2008
It scared me so much i had to leave it, take a break from it, and start reading another book, to take my mind off it. I never went back to it - i was too nervous. I don`t see how any of this could possibly be made up or `fixed` by the children. There were adults in the house all the time, and cameras etc. If these kids managed to fool all the experts involved then they must be exceptionally clever, or the experts must be exceptionally dim. They all saw the child being thrown onto the bed. You can`t fake that. The part that frightened me the most was when the girl saw the man looking at her over the top of the bedroom door. He was so big his head just looked over the top and he stared at her. That freaked me out. This is a very scary read, and whether you believe it or not is up to you, but it`s definately worth the money - unlike some of the rubbish they try to pass off as `ghost stories`.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, highly recommended. 29 Nov 2009
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This book was excellent, I really enjoyed it, and I have read literally hundreds of books on ghosts ad hauntings, so I normally can tell the great from the not-so-great.

This book is a true life account of a haunting, and it really is a fascinating story. I wouldn't say it was particularly frightening, but it is eerie, unsettling, when you take into consideration this story is true.
There is no dramatics here, no blood and gore, but what it is is a true life, gritty, eerie story that will keep you wondering and nervous about what is really out there in the world...

A great read, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 4 Feb 2009
This book is a blow by blow account of the poltergeist infestation that took place in Enfield, London in the late 60's. I could not put this book down and if it is to be believed then i can't imagine what that family must have gone through. So much has been written about this case that it gets blown out of proportion but this puts the record straight and is a must buy if you are into the paranormal.
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