on 13 April 2015
I bought this book expecting it to be a rundown of the top ten historical sites in York along with their associated ghosts and a collection of anecdotal evidence from a variety of sources besides Rob Kirkup himself, but was sorely disappointed. In fact, the book simply follows a group of lads around select areas of York whilst they practise their ghost hunting skills. Ten locations in York are covered within self-contained chapters, with sizeable chunks of each chapter taken up by details of the weather conditions, accommodation arrangements and what each ghost hunter had for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner that day. In the most part the ghostly encounters of the team boil down to a few bumps in the night, with the exception perhaps of the very last chapter. Only a few ghostly encounters by people outside of this particular team are mentioned. The photos are mainly of scared looking blokes wearing head torches in the foreground against a darkened background in which you can distinguish very little. The writing style is very informal and chatty. I haven’t read any other volumes by Rob Kirkup, but I think the same applies to ‘Ghosts of York’ as to ‘Ghostly Northumberland’, as I wholeheartedly agree with Brian X’s review that content is thin, writing style poor and more effort should have been made with the proofreading. If you’re interested in paranormal ‘research techniques’ as applied by a group of inexperienced lads in one English city, then by all means buy this book. If, however, you’re simply curious about ghost sightings in York and some of its history, there are better books out there, for example ‘Haunted York’ by Rupert Matthews.