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.
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