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This is a factual book about a lady called Alma Fielding. Alma and the haunting of isn't actually that interesting. What is interesting is the beliefs of the time period. Taking place between the two world wars, belief in Spiritualism was widespread because a lot of people had lost men as a result of the first world war. Eventually the conclusion reached by investigating Alma was : pretty much what happened to her was faked by her, at first unconsciously and then deliberately. That something very traumatic had happened to her in childhood that manifested itself in what looked at
This is a tricksy book to fit into an appropriate forum; part true-crime, part socio-historical drama, part literary discussion...so I am sticking it in here unless someone can come up with a better forum. In 1860, at the country pile of the Kent family, young Saville Kent just 3 years old, was taken from his room during the night and brutally murdered. Jonathan Whicher, a hot-shot policeman, star of the newly-formed detective squad in London, was called to investigate. Everyone in the village, rightly appalled by this crime, had an opinion. It was Samuel Kent, the over-bearing fat