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Harry Price: The Psychic Detective Hardcover – 30 Dec 2006

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; Hardcover edition (19 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750942711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750942713
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A must have *****five star rating - brilliant penmanship from a
pro' -- Psychic World

'Reads like the best detective novels...' -- Sunday Telegraph

'Reads like the best detective novels...' -- The Sunday Telegraph

'a cracking book which exposes one of the world's best known
ghosthunters.' -- The Scotsman

'a forensically thorough dissection of a legend.' -- Mail on Sunday

'a forensically thorough dissection of a legend.' -- The Mail on Sunday

'a wonderful fusion of bunk and high-jinks. A fascinating character...'
-- The Spectator

From the Publisher

Harry Price's life was one full of controversy. In his lifetime he had a
status and reputation that no ghost hunter or psychic investigator of today
can hope to share.

After flukishly exposing the spirit photographer William `Billy' Hope he
founded his own psychic laboratory, the National Laboratory of Psychic
Research in 1925. It was here that every strange incident or miserable
plaything of the dead was publicised to keep pace with the public's
appetite for the supernatural, which Price had whetted. Through his adroit
handling of the press, he rapidly became the natural leader for a nation in
thrall of what happened to the soul after death.

At one stage in his career he believed he had discovered the very substance
that ghosts were made of and thought it possible to recreate them in his
chemists' kingdom.

Price, though, was no scientist. Born in a filthy London slum in 1881, an
academic failure he left school at 15, and after various jobs, including
running a chemical business, he joined his father as a salesman selling
paper bags. But he yearned for fame, which he partly found through
journalism and in his spare time wrote articles for newspapers on coin
collecting, archaeology, conjuring and spiritualism.

Price's extraordinary life story includes links to the shamed archaeologist
and Piltdown Man hoaxer, Charles Dawson, grandstanding rows with Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle, disagreements with the Society for Psychical Research and
friendships with Harry Houdini; some of the greatest minds of his day, and
Adolf Hitler.

During his colourful second career as a psychic investigator, Price sought
out Martians on the Red Planet; investigated the claims of a talking
Mongoose on the Isle of Man and attempted to turn a goat into a handsome
man on top of the Harz Mountains in Germany. In later life he achieved fame
for his investigations into Borley Rectory, which he called `the Most
Haunted House in England.'

After sifting through hundreds of archives both in Britain and abroad,
Richard Morris, reveals, for the first time, the real Harry Price.

The author is an investigative journalist, broadcaster and freelance Public
Relations consultant and has written for the media across the world. This
is his first major book.

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