The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor

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1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge

The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumored to be haunting Jerusalem ever since student Frank Oldershaw claimed to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds and was locked up because of his violent reaction to these disturbed visions.

Desperate to salvage her son's reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts--a stinging account of why ghosts are mere delusion--to investigate. But his arrival in Cambridge disrupts an uneasy status quo as he glimpses a world of privilege and abuse, where the sinister Holy Ghost Club governs life at Jerusalem more effectively than the Master, Dr. Carbury, ever could.

And when Holdsworth finds himself haunted--not only by the ghost of his dead wife, Maria, but also by Elinor, the very-much-alive Master's wife--his fate is sealed. He must find Sylvia's murderer, or else the hauntings will continue. And not one of this troubled group will leave the claustrophobic confines of Jerusalem unchanged.

CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger winner Andrew Taylor returns with an outstanding historical novel that will simultaneously keep the reader riveted, and enchant with its effortless elegance.

About Andrew Taylor

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Andrew Taylor is a journalist, freelance writer, and the author of nine books, including Books that Changed the World.
Published January 25, 2011 by Hachette Books. 437 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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University life circa 1786.

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The Guardian

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Angry but unable to stop her, Holdsworth pours his rage into writing a book debunking ghost stories, The Anatomy of Ghosts, which proves something of a hit.

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A renowned sceptic and author of a polemical pamphlet vigorously denouncing the existence of ghosts, he has been hired by Lady Anne Oldershaw, patron of Jerusalem, ostensibly to evaluate the college's library.

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The Bookbag

Following tragedy in his own family, when his son Georgie drowned in the Thames, Holdsworth has written a successful pamphlet, The Anatomy of Ghosts, exposing the trickery and lies behind ideas about ghosts and haunting.

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Holdsworth wrote The Anatomy Of Ghosts, a highly rational treatise dismissing ghosts as nothing more than tricks of the imagination - this in response to the death of his wife while in a state of ghost-ridden melancholy.

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Observer (UK) 4 of 5 Stars"Andrew Taylor's The Anatomy of Ghosts provides just that [a good old-fashioned ghost story], as grieving bookseller John Holdsworth is coerced into attempting to disprove the existence of ‘an alleged apparition' in a corrupt, crumbling 18th-century Cambridge college.

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