Published by Granta Books
6 October 2016
The novelised autobiography of the Katie King spirit: a tale of desire and delusion, belief and illusion
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries seances and spiritualist meetings grew in popularity. One 'ghost' appeared more than any other: the Katie King spirit.
A profound and curious consciousness guided into this realm by the faith of true believers, or the cheap trickery of parlour cheats and exploitative swindlers? Katie King is both, and more.
A Ghost's Story explores the realm between fact and fiction, the blurred line separating reality from imagination, seducing you into hoping for the ethereal. Through one spirit's quest to understand human faith, loss and passion, journey with Katie from the candle-lit drawing rooms of Victorian London to the Imperial Palaces of Tsars; from the shadiest of gimmicks and tricks, to the most poignant sincerity of the death-bed wish.
A Ghost's Story announces a narrator like no other, moving in and out of time and space, obstreperous, witty and profoundly honest. Above all, it is an examination of belief, truth and what may be on the other side.
'Crossing time and continents, melding found material, real and fictitious characters and events, this is an intriguing, well-researched debut about truth and illusion, reality and the world of the spirit'
'The author has a meticulous eye for historical detail and writes evocatively'
'Fascinating story of what it might be like to be a ghost, and the longing in us that makes us want them to exist'
'Lorna Gibb's compelling story of spiritualism and mediums is full of the most intriguing, bizarre detail as she reveals the insider secrets of seances from the use of lengths of muslin to a dollop of phosphorescence .... Gibb's novel is multi-layered ... add in a supporting cast of rogues, charlatans and true believers and the theatrical trappings of seances and you are pitched in a world that is rich and strange'
About the Author
LORNA GIBB was born in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. She is a university lecturer and now lives in London. She is the author of Lady Hester: Queen of the East and West's World: The Extraordinary Life of Dame Rebecca West. A Ghost's Story is her first novel.
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For fans of Susan Hill's ghost stories and Sarah Waters' novels.
For readers of historical suspense novels such as The Miniaturist and The Night Circus.
For anybody that enjoyed Julian Barnes' Arthur and George or Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black.