Britain's X-traordinary Files (Paperback)
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Britain's X-traordinary Files (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 25/09/2014
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David Clarke opens The National Archives' own X Files to uncover the secret, official accounts behind legendary paranormal and extraordinary phenomena. From mediums employed by the police to help with psychic crime-busting to sea monster sightings reported to the Royal Navy, Britain's X-traordinary Files brings to light a range of secret documents created by military intelligence and government agencies who have investigated and even used extraordinary phenomena or powers in recent history. Each chapter is underpinned by original, official records held at The National Archives, which throw new light on many rumours and unsolved historical mysteries, including the Angels of Mons and other legends of the Great War plus a variety of strange phenomena reported both in the sea and in the air, from phantom helicopters to the great sea serpent of the Victorian era. The final chapter scrutinises official interest in the infamous Loch Ness Monster of Scotland and the `Beast of Bodmin'. These accounts are supplemented with contextual material gathered from interviews and the author's own investigations, making truly eye-opening reading for anyone interested in the paranormal.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472904935
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 369 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a feast of a book, valuable above all for folklore studies but also for parapsychology, history and hard science; and the more important for having grounded itself in the most prosaic of sources, the official records of the nation. -- Professor Ronald Hutton * Professor of History at the University of Bristol *
In this entertaining and absorbing book, David Clarke excavates hidden marvels from the depths of The National Archives, casting new light on our uncanny world - from death rays to ghost ships and angels. -- Professor Owen Davies * Professor of History at the University of Hertfordshire *
I read the approximately 200-page book across three sittings, and a fascinating study of real life X-Files it certainly is...Add to that official files on (a) sightings of sea serpents; (b) witchcraft trials; (c) British Intelligence dabbling in the world of the occult, as it sought to defeat Hitler's hordes; and (d) a wealth of additional mysteries that occupied, mystified, and sometimes fascinated the world of government, military, and the intelligence service of the British Government, and you'll find yourself immersed in a book quite unlike any other. -- Nick Redfern * Mysterious Universe *
A book in the Magonian tradition that we can heartily recommend. -- Peter Rogerson * Magonia Blog *
A must-read, 9/10. * Fortean Times *
The bottom line is that this is an excellent book, based around a very clever concept. -- Andrew May * Forteana Blog *
From the Beast of Bodmin Moor to headless women in St James's Park, this is a fascinating trawl through things we'd love to be true but are sadly aren't, as well as unsolved mysteries like the Mary Celeste and phantom helicopters. * BBC Focus Magazine *

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