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The Case of the Cottingley Fairies Paperback – 5 Jan 1998
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As an account this is not in the least unbiased. Joe Cooper tells us from the start that he is a believer and wanted the photos to be real.However his declared bias actually adds credibility to his account - as do the numerous letters, fact collecting missions and recorded conversations he gleaned from those involved. The end result? Well actually it's hard to say. On one hand the photos couldn't possibly be real - if someone tried that today they'd be laughed out of the dark room. But back in 1920? There's a greater mystery beneath the hoax which no one ever really gets close too, although Cooper tries. Ultimately despite his personal bias, Cooper presents the facts in an unvarnished way that lead us to the conclusion of it being a hoax and even a little about why. Either way if you like a look at the potentially paranormal or at how hoaxes develop and start to take on a life of their own or are even a student of the human animal and want to know what makes people tick, then this is a good book to take a look at.
The author outlines the historical circumstances and takes a thorough detective approach in trying to solve the mystery of how the fairy photos taken by two girls duped a generation and even fooled the sleuth Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The author claims to approach the subject matter from a neutral stance but because the author himself has a Theosophical background (he calls himself a 'sensitive') he can't be completely unbiased.
What I find incredible is how the author systematically and convincingly lays out the irrefutable reasons why the photos have to be considered fake, yet he strings us along with his own opinion that despite all the evidence otherwise, he still believes Frances saw fairies at the beck.
Even so, this is a remarkable book, and I recommend it as a fascinating and very readable piece of academic research.
I am disappointed Cottingley council did not make something out of the folk lore of the beck where the fairies were allegedly spotted - at least a nature trail would have been good, and a blue plaque on No 31 Main Street. Alas instead, the site has been recklessly sandwiched between two modern housing estates.
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