Weird Belfast: A Miscellany, Almanack and Companion (Hardback)Reggie Chamberlain-King (author)
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Did you know that Herr Dobler, Wizard of the World, appeared at the Victoria Hall in Belfast in 1883? Did your granny ever try Dobbin's Blood Purifier, only available at Dobbin's Chemist, North Street? And did you hear about the arrest of Jack the Ripper in Memel Street in Belfast in 1888?
Welcome to Weird Belfast, a miscellany that revels in the strange, miraculous, superstitious and uncanny side of Belfast. This is a history of the city that has never been told before - there are ghostly goings-on and accusations of witchcraft; scientific advances and `miracle cures'; heinous murders and tragic suicides; and spectacular appearances from The Magnetic Lady and the renowned Blondin, `King of the Tight Rope'.
Drawing on newspaper articles, ballads, playbills and advertisements as well as anecdote, hearsay and rumour, this is a vivid and endlessly fascinating account of the weird and wonderful and wonderfully weird in Belfast.
Publisher: Colourpoint Books
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 20 mm
Author Reggie Chamberlain-King has unearthed a fascinating collection of strange tales from 200 years of Belfast history. -- Christopher Woodhouse * Sunday Life *
... a fascinating look at the strange and forgotten stories of Belfast. These are the tales that don't get told around the dinner table, the scandals and shockers of a forgotten era that, when looked at in the modern age, frequently seem baffling. But in the most intriguing way. -- Steven Rainey * The Big List *
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