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This review is from: The English Ghost: Spectres Through Time (Paperback)
I am surprised at the number of negative reviews this book has garnered so far.
I bought it expecting exactly what I got - a wide-ranging overview of encounters with the paranormal from throughout the centuries.
Anyone expecting the earlier stories to be longer then they are is expecting too much. It is hard enough to get people in our generation to put anything into writing about a ghostly encounter without adding on the religious and societal restraints the earlier people would have been living under.
And unless you have access to a library as extensive as that maintained by the SPR you would be hard-pressed to have encountered many of these stories. In fact I have a collection some 700 books strong solely on the subject of ghosts, with books/pamphlets dating back to the 1600s and the thing I liked the most about this book was the amount of material I'd never encountered before. How anyone can accuse Peter Ackroyd of lazy research is beyond me.
Yes, it is a choppy read but don't let that put you off the chance to immerse yourself in the forgotten cultural gems that leap out of the pages of this book.