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on 17 September 2014
I downloaded this book awhile back when Shirley appeared on ITV's This Morning. I've just been on holiday and thought it was a great time to read the book. To be honest I did struggle to put the book down as I wanted to know what was going to happen next. But in the end I am slightly disappointed. I believe Shirley did this all along. I am very open to paranormal activity, but I don't believe for a second the French Prince or James Dean was anywhere near Shirley.
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on 1 June 2014
I enjoyed this book : A well written account of a baffling and enigmatic 1950's and '60's 'poltergeist' case, centering around Shirley Hitchings who was 15 when the strange events began.
I found some of the transcribed messages from the entity very funny. 'Don' the 'Polt' was certainly mischevious, yet undoubtedly some of his antics caused some real harm and distress to the Hitchings family, whose lives he, while at the peak of his powers, to a large degree effectively controlled, before he very gradually faded away.
The authors leave the reader to conclude whether he was a ghost, something mysteriously conjured up telekenetically, a hoax, or some combination of any or all of those.
I very much doubt that a hoax was perpetrated by the entire household, and, while there are reasons to wonder if the young Shirley may have, consciously or unconsciously, physically created some of the phenomena, it's clear enough that certain events defying rational explanation occured in the house.
I tentatively favoured the 'poltergeist subconsciously created by the energy field around a teenager' theory, over that of Donald having been the spirit of a member of French aristocracy, as he claimed, despite that some of the information imparted re. that quite impressively bore the scrutiny of research.
Yet its unexpected epilogue is intriguing to say the least. The Poltergeist Prince of London ... is not a scary 'exorcist'-style tale, but rather a fascinating and entertaining mystery within a slice of mid-20th Century British social history.
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on 24 June 2014
Clearly "something" was going on in Shirley's home in the 1950s and 1960s. The questions, that remain unanswered, are what, how and by whom? A well written account of how the "polt" became a part of everyday life for this family.
The epilogue sent a shiver up my spine!
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on 29 May 2014
After a good start where you got intrigued by the true 'happenings' it became very tedious, a bit of a let down actually. It was all so believable then you are made to feel as if you'd been on a bit of a 'wild goose chase'.
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on 19 September 2014
A remarkably interesting story . To be honest I have not finished the book yet, but am finding this quite difficult to believe that the energy of Donald or Louis could have that overpowering effect on the family?
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on 3 June 2014
Intriguing book that I couldn't put down. Leaves more questions than answers. But for those who are interested in all things paranormal, will enjoy this immensely.
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on 26 May 2014
Excellent book giving a very thorough overview of the case. Intriguing and absorbing in equal measure. Definitely worth a read
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on 1 January 2015
Read this in a few days, very spooky! Would recommend to anyone after an interesting ghost read that has a happy ending.
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on 24 March 2015
Found it very hard to read, gave up half way through
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on 19 February 2014
Quite undecided about surreal happenings, though certain very, very real to those involved. Plan to read again to consider further
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