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I was educated at Oxford University where I read English at Magdalen. I've written about books and film for 20 years, at one point writing three weekly columns for The Independent newspaper. I've written an opera libretto, performed at the Almeida Theatre in 1993, and a wrote a book of poetry when I was a student. I was for two years the UK London correspondent for the Zagat food guides. 'Ghosts' is a return to a subject that fascinated me as a child.

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Roger Clarke I know it's a cliche but this really is the book I always wanted to write! I was obsessed with ghost stories as a kid and grew up in not one but TWO…moreI know it's a cliche but this really is the book I always wanted to write! I was obsessed with ghost stories as a kid and grew up in not one but TWO haunted houses. From the age of about 8 I became an expert on the subject and by the time I was 14 was corresponding with the most famous ghost hunters of 1970's England and even getting mentioned in their books. I joined the Society for Psychical Research at that point too, in the days you had to be proposed and seconded for this very august Victorian institution. When I went to university I considered my interest in ghosts suddenly rather an embarrassment, a kind of intellectual failure. It wasn't until I reached my forties and there was new interest in some of the ghost stories I wrote back then that i decided to revisit the whole subject after a gap of 40 years.(less)
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Ghosts by Roger  Clarke
"This book was fascinating, if a little slow in parts.

Ghosts: A Natural History is basically the evolution of ghosts and the ghost story. What people have thought of ghosts has changed, as well as what they've looked like. "Ghost Hunting" has also..." Read more of this review »
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