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A Monstrous Commotion: The Mysteries of Loch Ness Paperback – 17 Nov 2016
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A Monstrous Commotion is surely the best and sanest recent book on LNM: readable, informative and fully referenced. (James Hamilton-Paterson LITERARY REVIEW)
But does he exist? The author plays his cards close to his chest throughout this entertaining...book. (CRAIG BROWN MAIL ON SUNDAY)
Williams is a staunch skeptic, but he has the good grace not to spoil the fun entirely. He is fascinated by the curious characters drawn to Loch Ness from all over the world; by the skulduggery and the hoaxes; and by the wacky methods employed by those hoping to capture the clinching piece of evidence. (RUPERT HAWKSLEY SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
Gareth William's excellent book isn't about the Loch Ness Monster; it's about the people who have looked for it. (Mark Mason THE SPECTATOR)
Gareth Williams is the first to provide a non-partisan account of events at the loch ... Williams brings a dry wit and a scientist's illuminating perspective to the endless spectacle of Loch Ness folly. No one has written better about the great Nature debacle ... an entertaining and reasonably comprehensive account of this enduring animal myth (Ronald Binns TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)
Williams gleefully exposes the bogus science, the warped facts, and the misunderstanding of evolution. Sifting the evidence, analysing the hearsay, showing the extent of the leg-pulling, he says that Nessie is no more than the action of the wind and the waves. (Roger Lewis DAILY MAIL)
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Without drifting into detailed theories of social psychology, Williams' book provides a powerful insight into the "I WANT TO BELIEVE" tendency we find in all of us.
The real making of the book comes in the final chapter, where the author puts forward a genuinely compelling explanation for the Loch Ness Monster phenomenon. What makes it even more delicious is that he could have simply ended the book without doing so, but once you've read his conclusion, it's clear that it had been signposted right the way through the text.
This is the definitive Loch Ness Monster book that effectively closes a case that has teased, tormented and tantalised us for nearly a century.
Yes, the author does repeat some items several times but not ad nauseam. Particularly interesting and new to me was the part played by Peter Scott. He mentions the tensions building in the 1930s surrounding Hitler's expansionism but, surprisingly, that he didn't mention the Kreigsmarine visitors on a tour after the British German Naval Treaty of 1935. Why did they visit Loch Ness which is freshwater non-naval site rather remote from obvious naval bases?
Well written and researched.