A True Ghost Story


Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2020


London, 1938. Alma Fielding, an ordinary young housewife, begins to experience supernatural events in her suburban home.

Nandor Fodor – a Jewish-Hungarian emigré and chief ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research – decides to investigate. In doing so he discovers a different and darker type of haunting: trauma, alienation, loss – and the foreshadowing of a nation's worst fears. As the spectre of Fascism lengthens over Europe, and as Fodor's obsession with the case deepens, Alma becomes ever more disturbed.

With rigour, daring and insight, the pioneering non-fiction author Kate Summerscale shadows Fodor's enquiry, delving into long-hidden archives to find the human story behind a very modern haunting.

Published in the UK on 1 October 2020 and in the US in April 2021

Coming 1 October 2020

Official website © Kate Summerscale 2017. Background image: 1882 Reynolds map of London / Wikimedia Commons