The Spirit Engineer (Paperback)
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The Spirit Engineer (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 21/07/2022
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Waterstones Says

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
ISBN: 9780715654514
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A fiendishly clever tale of ambition, deception, and power' Derren Brown

'Is Goligher a fraud? Is Crawford himself a reliable narrator?... West answers these questions with ingenuity and invention' The Sunday Times

‘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

'Such a deliciously creepy, unsettling read… a melancholic gothic triumph. Gave me all the same feelings as one of my most favourite books ever, Frankenstein' Jennifer Saint, bestselling author of Ariadne

'Based on an absolutely astonishing true story, it kept me guessing right till the end' Frances Quinn, author of The Smallest Man

‘Set in a historical moment where science and spiritualism meet, The Spirit Engineer is an ingeniously plotted debut novel’ Sarah Burton, author of The Strange Adventures of H

‘With a skilful misdirection that any Edwardian spirit medium would be proud to demonstrate, A.J. West soon turns the screw in this fascinating novel… Obsession builds until the stunning climax of the final shocking séance and its awful repercussions. Was William rights to be convinced? Did he prove ghosts exist?’ Essie Fox, bestselling author of The Fascination

'It’s clever, it’s quirky, highly entertaining, but carries a chill as cold as the grave' Annie Garthwaite, author of Cecily

‘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, author of The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle

'Dark, powerful and twisting – The Spirit Engineer will leave you wondering what is real and what is illusion' W. C. Ryan, author of A House of Ghosts

'A delight of a debut, an atmospheric and entirely gripping chiller that calls to mind the best of M.R. James and E.F. Benson, without in any way paling in comparison' Billy O'Callaghan, author of Life Sentences

'Gripping from the outset – A.J West immerses readers in the spiritualism of 1914 Belfast with great skill. A wonderful debut' Sam Hurcom, author of Letters from the Dead

‘A spooky tale of frustrated ambition, hidden loyalties, and desperation, told with wit, charm and devastating twists. A gothic novel that also manages to make you laugh, even if you shouldn't’ Jonathan Harvey, playwright

‘A gripping, gothic story anchored in the political and spiritual chaos of Edwardian Belfast. Part horror, part history, The Spirit Engineer is a chilling and thought-provoking tale of exploitation, faith, deception, fraud, séances, hubris, and prejudice… accomplished and page-turning. Fans of Penny Dreadful and The Nevers will love it’ Gareth Russell, historian and author of The Ship of Dreams

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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

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Dan - Clifton, Bristol.

“Belfast, 1914”

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

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“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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