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Kate Summerscale Shortlisted for Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2020

Former winner Kate Summerscale has made the shortlist for the UK’s top prize for nonfiction, the Baillie Gifford award, for her “true ghost story,” The Haunting of Alma Fielding. The book traces how Alma Fielding, an ordinary young woman in 1930s suburban London, begins to experience supernatural events, and follows the investigations of Nandor Fodor, chief ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research.

The judges said: “In a narrative as replete with conceptual surprises as dramatic reversals, Summerscale probes the distinction between the psychological and the material, the internal and external, and overhauls the reader’s sense of what it might mean to be haunted.”

This year's winner will be announced on 24 November 2020. Click here for more. 

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