The Spirit Engineer (Paperback)A. J. West (author)
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Boasting a cast of characters including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, West's gothic mystery of mediums and seances is based on extraordinary real-life events.
Belfast, 1914. Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, high society has become obsessed with spiritualism, attending seances in the hope they might reach their departed loved ones.
William Jackson Crawford is a man of science and a sceptic, but one night with everyone sitting around the circle, voices come to him - seemingly from beyond the veil - placing doubt in his heart and a seed of obsession in his mind. Could the spirits truly be communicating with him or is this one of Kathleen's parlour tricks gone too far?
Based on the true story of Professor William Jackson Crawford and famed medium Kathleen Goligher, and with a cast of characters including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, The Spirit Engineer conjures a haunted, twisted tale of power, paranoia and one ultimate, inescapable truth...
Publisher: Duckworth Books
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'I adored this book. Haunting, witty and deeply moving, The Spirit Engineer is surely set to become a gothic classic. I was instantly drawn into the mystery and swept along by the shocking twists and turns. A beautifully written novel' - Jodie Whittaker
'A.J. West has history at his fingertips and writes brilliantly - so clever it makes your head spin! The Spirit Engineer is a work of true invention and drama that moves at a cracking pace from the very first page and keeps you guessing. A compelling and daring book' - Jeremy Vine
'Set in a historical moment where science and spiritualism meet, The Spirit Engineer is an ingeniously plotted debut novel' - Sarah Burton
'A marvellous and menacing gothic chiller, filled with secrets and soaked in atmosphere, in which the ghouls and fiends are not of the other world, but this one...' - Neil Blackmore
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“Eerie, bonechilling...and unforgettable.”
A sucker punch of a debut novel. West manages to combine an impressive knowledge of early 20th-century Belfast (images of which he effortlessly creates) and the spiritualist movement with multi-dimensional, enjoyable... More
Two years after the tragic and distressing sinking of the Titanic, high society is under the heady spell and grip of spiritualism and more people grow convinced that not only can they see their dearly departed loved... More
“A startlingly brilliant debut”
A startlingly brilliant debut from AJ West. A Spirit Engineer is a wonderful tale - full of mystery, intriguing characters and also a surprising amount of humour.
William Crawford is such a complex man - clever,... More
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