Haunting Of Alma Fielding, The [Kate Summerscale]

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01Flying Teacups2020102620201027 (R4)In Kate Summerscale's acclaimed new book the ghost hunter Nandor Fodor sets out to unravel the mystery of the haunting of Alma Fielding, a housewife living in Thornton Heath in the 1930s. The reader is Emma Fielding.

The Haunting of Alma Fielding tells the story of a housewife whose home and family are assailed by a lively and frightening poltergeist in 1938. Reports in the papers pique Nandor Fodor's interest, and the chief ghost hunter of the International Institute for Psychical Research embarks on a quest to establish the authenticity of Alma's experiences. Alma undergoes investigations at the Institute involving sitting and seances before its members, and when the proceedings take an unsettling turn, Fodor turns to the methodologies pioneered by Sigmund Freud. Against these events, war looms large over Great Britain, with popular culture and a deepening interest in spiritualism reflecting the anxieties of the day.

Kate Summerscale's new book has been published to critical acclaim. Her 2008, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher was a bestseller which went on to win the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Kate Summerscale's new book unravels the mystery of the haunting of Alma Fielding.

Kate Summerscale's new book unravels the mystery of the haunting of a London housewife.

02The Pilfering Poltergeist2020102720201028 (R4)In Kate Summerscale's new book, the ghost hunter Nandor Fodor takes Alma to the seaside where once again her poltergeist creates a stir. At the same, Fodor also turns to psychoanalysis to explain Alma's experiences. Emma Fielding reads.

The Haunting of Alma Fielding is the latest book from the prize winning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Kate Summerscale. It tells the story of a young and vivacious housewife whose home and family are assailed by a lively and frightening poltergeist in 1938. Reports in the papers pique Nandor Fodor's interest, and the chief ghost hunter of the International Institute for Psychical Research embarks on a quest to establish the authenticity of Alma's experiences. Against these events, war looms large over Great Britain, with popular culture and a deepening interest in spiritualism reflecting the anxieties of the day.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

In Kate Summerscale's new book, Alma Fielding's poltergeist creates a stir.

Kate Summerscale's new book unravels the mystery of the haunting of a London housewife.

03Astral Projection2020102820201029 (R4)In Kate Summerscale's new book, it's 1938 and the clouds of war are gathering. Meanwhile, Alma tells the ghost hunter, Nandor Fodor about an experience of astral projection. Questions are raised, and at the same time, unease over her case builds. Emma Fielding reads.

The Haunting of Alma Fielding is the latest book from the prize winning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Kate Summerscale. It tells the story of a young and vivacious housewife whose home and family are assailed by a lively and frightening poltergeist in 1938. Reports in the papers pique Nandor Fodor's interest, and the chief ghost hunter of the International Institute for Psychical Research embarks on a quest to establish the authenticity of Alma's experiences. Against these events, war looms large over Great Britain, with popular culture and a deepening interest in spiritualism reflecting the anxieties of the day.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

In Kate Summerscale's account Alma's experience of astral projection raises questions.

Kate Summerscale's new book unravels the mystery of the haunting of a London housewife.

04An Unsettling Turn Of Events2020102920201030 (R4)In Kate Summerscale's new book about a1938 haunting in London, events take an unsettling turn and the ghost hunter, Nandor Fodor, has questions to answer about his own role in the quest to understand the nature of Alma's supernatural phenomena. Emma Fielding reads.

The Haunting of Alma Fielding is the latest book from the prize winning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Kate Summerscale. It tells the story of a young and vivacious housewife whose home and family are assailed by a lively and frightening poltergeist in 1938. Reports in the papers pique Nandor Fodor's interest, and the chief ghost hunter of the International Institute for Psychical Research sets out to establish the authenticity of Alma's experiences. Against these events, war looms large over Great Britain, with popular culture and a deepening interest in spiritualism reflecting the anxieties of the day.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

In Kate Summerscale's account, the causes of Alma's haunting take an unsettling turn.

Kate Summerscale's new book unravels the mystery of the haunting of a London housewife.

05An Encounter With Sigmund Freud2020103020201031 (R4)In Kate Summerscale's account of Alma Fielding's supernatural experiences in London in 1938, explanations prove controversial. With questions remaining, is the real reason for her haunting knowable? Emma Fielding reads.

The Haunting of Alma Fielding is the latest book from the prize winning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Kate Summerscale. It tells the story of a young and vivacious housewife whose home and family are assailed by a lively and frightening poltergeist in 1938. Reports in the papers pique Nandor Fodor's interest, and the chief ghost hunter of the International Institute for Psychical Research sets out to establish the authenticity of Alma's experiences. Against these events, war looms large over Great Britain, with popular culture and a deepening interest in spiritualism reflecting the anxieties of the day.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

In Kate Summerscale's account, explanations for Alma's supernatural experiences are many.

Kate Summerscale's new book unravels the mystery of the haunting of a London housewife.