Life Is Amazing: 2016. Paperback, 320 pages. New.
Arthur Conan Doyle is famous for his creation of Sherlock Holmes, the ultra-rational consulting detective. Yet Arthur Conan Doyle was fascinated by the paranormal, and in 1916, publicly announced his belief in Spiritualism. In this fascinating book – a work of detection in its own right, author Matt Wingett traces the development of Doyle’s interest in the paranormal, from his early interest in spirit communications to his articles published in the Spiritualist magazine Light. Wingett describes how well-known figures such as H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw were drawn into the ensuing public debate over Doyle’s championing of the Spiritualist cause, and how Doyle was accused – by both the press and the Church – of being a “Necromancer”. Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light draws on newspaper reports and other documents from the period, including articles and letters by Doyle which have received little attention, and is an invaluable study of attitudes to Spiritualism and the paranormal at the beginning of the twentieth century. For both scholars of Spiritualism in Britain and lovers of Conan Doyle’s fiction alike!
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