Ghostland: In Search of a Haunted Country

Biography & True Stories, Literary Biographies, Paranormal & Unexplained Phenomena, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 15/10/2020
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Unclassifiable but Inspired
Unclassifiable, but ultimately an enjoyable read. Has inspired a strong desire to read english Ghost Stories from the 19th century in particular. Almost a ... READ MORE
Sean Farrell
Hauntingly beautiful.
Parnell’s Ghostland offers the reader a glimpse into his childhood and deep-rooted grief through the lens of the British landscape and the haunting stories... READ MORE
Carly Tremayne
an exploration of this haunted old country and the inspiration it has provided for writers of the numinous
Parnell's 'Ghostland' is a Britain of dark and lonely water, of gothic churches standing sentinel over tumble down graveyards where a solitary crow caws a ... READ MORE
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‘A uniquely strange and wonderful work of literature’ Philip Hoare

‘An exciting new voice’ Mark Cocker, author of Crow Country

In his late thirties, Edward Parnell found himself trapped in the recurring nightmare of a family tragedy. For comfort, he turned to his bookshelves, back to the ghost stories that obsessed him as a boy, and to the writers through the ages who have attempted to confront what comes after death.

In Ghostland, Parnell goes in search of the ‘sequestered places’ of the British Isles, our lonely moors, our moss-covered cemeteries, our stark shores and our folkloric woodlands. He explores how these landscapes conjured and shaped a kaleidoscopic spectrum of literature and cinema, from the ghost stories and weird fiction of M. R. James, Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood to the children’s fantasy novels of Alan Garner and Susan Cooper; from W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn and Graham Swift’s Waterland to the archetypal ‘folk horror’ film The Wicker Man…

Ghostland is Parnell’s moving exploration of what has haunted our writers and artists – and what is haunting him. It is a unique and elegiac meditation on grief, memory and longing, and of the redemptive power of stories and nature.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008271992
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Weight: 420g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 38 mm

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