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Haunted Britain and Ireland Hardcover – 1 Oct 2001
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About the Author
Owner of the London tour company 'Discovery Walks', Richard Jones has a passion for all things haunted and spooky. He is also the author of the highly successful Walking Haunted London (New Holland, 1999). He lives in South Woodford, East London.
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Firstly, this book contains a few paragraphs to a page or two on each entry, while usually glossing over any exacting matter and firm facts - in favour of conveying overall theme and loosely wound story. Wanting to know more about certain hauntings in the book, I was implored to use the internet repeatedly, which also revealed to this reviewer just how much information has been left out. Alas, the more I read the more it became apparent that, clearly, this book's writer favoured quantity of locations over quality of recounts. Albeit, even then, the book hardly merits an excellent rating.
That is, even if locational quantity was its ultimate goal there are still some very notable omissions: Woodchester mansion, in the Cotswold's region, which is notoriously haunted to this day - yet there's not even a whisper of a mention in this book! Given its title, surely you'd reasonably expect a comprehensive catalogue of known hauntings within the British isles? Yet, to expect comprehensiveness is, alas, to expect too much. Another unforgivable omission hails from Ireland: the locally well known "Hellfire Club" is bizarrely only included as little more than a footnote to the less well known "Killakee House", which again is quite inexcusable, and leaves one wondering why the author didn't do a far better job of researching and thereafter including our isles' most notoriously haunted locations, within this book's pages? "Killakee House" is, after all, known for its haunted black cat, and that's about it - whereas there've been far more paranormal phenomena reported over the centuries in the nearby Hellfire Club" - which gets little more than two!? paragraphs mention, & only under the "Killakee House" heading. Hmmmm.
Meanwhile, some of the entries, such as that entitled "Dun An Oir", are, it is submitted, scarcely haunted in the slightest - i.e., if at all. Much of the narrative on the said entry concerns a historically cobwebbed battle/skirmish, of which nowadays, all the intrepid seeker of haunted locations could possibly look forward might just be this: "on the anniversary of the dreadful slaughter, people in the locality have often heard agonised voices crying in Spanish, and smelled the terrible stench of rotting flesh carried upon the breezes around this wild spot." Well fine; but, in all fairness, my money's on the near certain probability that if you dared travel to the spot of 'Dun An Oir' (& no geo-location coordinates nor exact address details are given for any of the book's entries) with a camcorder, the best you'll record would most likely be the odd owl hoot! And that's all folks, eh... move along now, nothing else happens at any other time of the year whatsoever; save that a few unknown and unquoted locals have reputedly smelt rotting meat, and a few ol' Spanish pleas once a year. On that note, I'll withhold my cynicism and take it such noises have sweet nothing to do with drunken Spanish students spilling out from local pubs, and then spewing their foul 'techni-coloured dislodgements' onto local, moon-lit paths.
Anyway, I must end my arguments about its omissions by noting that the section on London most remarkably excludes '50 Berkeley Square' - a horrendous omission, by any account! But if you don't believe me then please look up that very address in the usual net haunts, and you might just understand my utter amazement that a book on UK Hauntings has so many incredible omissions.
In fact, it could be argued that this book is, alas, more noted for its incredible omissions within its pages, instead of any incredible hauntings.
Nonetheless, *if* the aforesaid is *still* your idea of 'haunted' then you may well enjoy the rest of the tales/entries (and admittedly a reasonable number do indeed deserve inclusion) yet it still remains a relatively lukewarm book, as opposed to a chillingly inspired masterpiece. I must say that the photos. many of which are included coutesy of The Fortean Picture Library, are usually engaging. Alas, & in conclusion, I'd give this book a pretty generous 3/5
i read this book in two days,i couldnt put it down.
the stories are fascinating and the pages are full of brilliant colour photos.this really is a great book. the stories of the ghosts and hauntings are covered very well without drawing them out or going into too much detail.
i thoroughly enjoyed this book.reading the stories and gazing at the magnificent photos.i would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in ghosts, and even to those who dont.you wont find a better, more attractively set out book on the subject of ghosts.
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Good photographs and historical information.Read more
was an obvious ex library book
full of history and is a great book to read
if your interested in the paranormal.
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