5.10.17

Strange Histories

 Mark Rees. Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives. The History Press (2 Oct. 2017)

Wendy Hughes. The A-Z of Curious Sussex: Strange Stories of Mysteries, Crimes and Eccentrics. The History Press (1 Nov. 2017)
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Mark Rees. Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives. The History Press (2 Oct. 2017)
In the Victorian age ghost stories made headline news, were used as evidence in the court room, and forced terrified families to flee their homes, while so-called psychic mediums plied their trade on the high street. This book reveals for the first time 50 terrifying – and in some cases, comical – cases dating from 1837 to 1901, unearthed from archive newspapers.They include chilling prophecies from beyond the grave, poltergeists who terrorise the God-fearing communities, spectral locomotives which hurtle around the industrial landscape, and more than a few ingenious hoaxes along the way.

Wendy Hughes. The A-Z of Curious Sussex: Strange Stories of Mysteries, Crimes and Eccentrics. The History Press (1 Nov. 2017)
Wendy Hughes takes the reader on a grand tour of the curious and bizarre, including the Alfriston Star, the hostelry for medieval package tours with its unusual ship’s figurehead; the infamous Blue Gardenia Murder; and Brighton’s Pavilion, built as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales. Read about the antics of ‘Spooky Bill’, a poltergeist at a house in Crawley, and learn the story of how Selsey became the home of the mousetrap. Along the way you’ll meet scandalous residents, inventors, and smugglers. The A-Z of Curious Sussex is guaranteed to enthrall both resident and visitor alike.