The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale

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The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale is based on a true ghost story that delves into the 1930s case of the “Croydon Poltergeist”, investigated by Nandor Fodor. Published by Bloomsbury, the book hit the shelves in October 2020.

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London, 1938. Alma Fielding, an ordinary young woman, begins to experience supernatural events in her suburban home. Nandor Fodor – a Jewish-Hungarian refugee and chief ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research – begins to investigate. In doing so he discovers a different and darker type of haunting: trauma, alienation, loss – and the foreshadowing of a nation’s worst fears.

As the specter of Fascism lengthens over Europe, and as Fodor’s obsession with the case deepens, Alma becomes ever more disturbed. With rigor, daring, and insight, the award-winning pioneer of historical narrative non-fiction Kate Summerscale shadows Fodor’s Inquiry, delving into long-hidden archives to find the human story behind a very modern haunting. ‘An empathetic, meticulous account of a spiritual unraveling; a tribute to the astonishing power of the human mind – but also a properly absorbing, baffling, satisfying detective story.

About the Author

Kate Summerscale is the author of the number one bestselling The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Galaxy British Book of the Year Award, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick, and adapted into a major ITV drama. Her first book, the bestselling The Queen of Whale Cay, won a Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. Her third book, Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace, was a Sunday Times bestseller; while her fourth, The Wicked Boy, was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010, she lives in London.

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