The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale audiobook

The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story

By Kate Summerscale
Read by David Morrissey

Penguin Audio
8.33 Hours 1
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Shortlisted for the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize * New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice “Prepare not to see much broad daylight, literal or metaphorical, for days if you read this.... The atmosphere evoked is something I will never forget.”—The Times (London) London, 1938. In the suburbs of the city, a young housewife has become the eye in a storm of chaos. In Alma Fielding’s modest home, china flies off the shelves and eggs fly through the air; stolen jewelry appears on her fingers, white mice crawl out of her handbag, beetles appear from under her gloves; in the middle of a car journey, a turtle materializes on her lap. The culprit is incorporeal. As Alma cannot call the police, she calls the papers instead. After the sensational story headlines the news, Nandor Fodor, a Hungarian ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research, arrives to investigate the poltergeist. But when he embarks on his scrupulous investigation, he discovers that the case is even stranger than it seems. By unravelling Alma’s peculiar history, Fodor finds a different and darker type of haunting, a tale of trauma, alienation, loss and revenge. He comes to believe that Alma’s past has bled into her present, her mind into her body. There are no words for processing her experience, so it comes to possess her. As the threat of a world war looms, and as Fodor’s obsession with the case deepens, Alma becomes ever more disturbed. With characteristic rigor and insight, Kate Summerscale brilliantly captures the rich atmosphere of a haunting that transforms into a very modern battle between the supernatural and the subconscious.

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Summary

Summary

Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize

A Sunday Times (London) Best Book of the Year

A New Statesman Best Book of the Year

A Spectator (UK) Pick of Best Books of 2020

The Telegraph (UK) Best Books of the Year

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

Shortlisted for the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize * New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice “Prepare not to see much broad daylight, literal or metaphorical, for days if you read this.... The atmosphere evoked is something I will never forget.”—The Times (London) London, 1938. In the suburbs of the city, a young housewife has become the eye in a storm of chaos. In Alma Fielding’s modest home, china flies off the shelves and eggs fly through the air; stolen jewelry appears on her fingers, white mice crawl out of her handbag, beetles appear from under her gloves; in the middle of a car journey, a turtle materializes on her lap. The culprit is incorporeal. As Alma cannot call the police, she calls the papers instead. After the sensational story headlines the news, Nandor Fodor, a Hungarian ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research, arrives to investigate the poltergeist. But when he embarks on his scrupulous investigation, he discovers that the case is even stranger than it seems. By unravelling Alma’s peculiar history, Fodor finds a different and darker type of haunting, a tale of trauma, alienation, loss and revenge. He comes to believe that Alma’s past has bled into her present, her mind into her body. There are no words for processing her experience, so it comes to possess her. As the threat of a world war looms, and as Fodor’s obsession with the case deepens, Alma becomes ever more disturbed. With characteristic rigor and insight, Kate Summerscale brilliantly captures the rich atmosphere of a haunting that transforms into a very modern battle between the supernatural and the subconscious.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The atmosphere evoked is something I will never forget.” The Times (London)
‘Summerscale’s well-researched book brings insight and sensitivity to material darker than is usually admitted.” New Statesman
“She is a calm and riveting guide to traumatic historical events.”  The Spectator (London)
“A terrific true ghost story…She has achieved the perfect balance between her central story and its cultural context.”  The Guardian (London)
“An astute psychological study enlivened by dry wit, eccentric characters, and informed analyses.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Kate Summerscale

Author Bio: Kate Summerscale

Kate Summerscale is the former literary editor for the Daily Telegraph and author of The Queen of Whale Cay, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread biography award. She lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English