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1.0 out of 5 stars Well written but not totally objective, 9 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Harry Price: The Psychic Detective (Hardcover)
Harry Price was undoubtedly a complicated and difficult man. He fed on publicity and appears to have lied about his background. That in itself would alienate him to many and perhaps most. Yet, some of his work, particularly on Borley Rectory, was very well recorded and written but his efforts are marred both by elements of his personality and by obsessive detractors. One irksome implication of totally discrediting Price, at all costs, is to thereby, by association, discredit reliable and dignified witnesses to the 'Borley paranormal'.

I didn't like this book. Many books, such as this, start out with a preconceived conclusion and that will guide much of the text. I believe the book lacks balance. Harry Price, with all his shortfalls, was not as 'bad' as painted here!

I cannot recommend this book to others but it will have appeal to committed sceptics.
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Initial post: 8 Sep 2013 04:49:33 BDT
Library Tony says:
Excellent review Michael.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2013 13:49:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Dec 2013 13:52:40 GMT
Michael, it is an objective book about Price and my writing of it was not pre-conceived. To write a biography you must come to a conclusion about the subject's character and personality. There is a lot of damning documentary evidence in Price's collection of artefacts that I didn't use. Harry was a rogue. It is impossible to come to any other conclusion I'm afraid

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2013 16:20:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2013 04:54:04 GMT
Richard - in life there is always scope to come to other conclusions. Price was not perfect but there again which of us is? I still believe your book lacks balance but that is only my opinion. It is rare for me to give a negative review because I much prefer to praise.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 16:15:59 GMT
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Posted on 4 Dec 2013 16:20:13 GMT
Thank goodness we live in a democracy. Of course we wouldn't if the Nazi's had invaded Britain. There is plenty of evidence in Price's library at Senate House that he consorted with the Nazi's. He even went as far to write to Hitler asking to attend the Nuremburg Rally in 1939.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 16:31:11 GMT
Pity that Harry is not around to defend himself. That would have been interesting but we can now say what we like about him with no fear of reprisal.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2013 17:56:30 GMT
This is a fascinating discussion, gentlemen. Thank you. Is it the case that this book is written in German?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2013 18:00:17 GMT
Thanks Dennis. I understand your comment about being written in German.
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