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A fiendishly clever tale of ambition, deception, and power'

'Haunting, witty and deeply moving'

'A work of true invention and drama that moves at a cracking pace from the very first page and keeps you guessing'


Belfast, 1914. Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, high society has become obsessed with spiritualism, attending séances in the hope they might reach their departed loved ones.


William Jackson Crawford is a man of science and a sceptic, but one night with everyone sitting around the circle, voices come to him – seemingly from beyond the veil – placing doubt in his heart and a seed of obsession in his mind. Could the spirits truly be communicating with him or is this one of Kathleen’s parlour tricks gone too far?


Based on the true story of Professor William Jackson Crawford and famed medium Kathleen Goligher, and with a cast of characters including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, The Spirit Engineer conjures a haunted, twisted tale of power, paranoia and one ultimate, inescapable truth...



'Set in a historical moment where science and spiritualism meet, The Spirit Engineer is an ingeniously plotted debut novel'
SARAH BURTON, author of The Strange Adventures of H

'It’s clever, it’s quirky, highly entertaining, but carries a chill as cold as the grave'
ANNIE GARTHWAITE, author of Cecily

'Dark, powerful and twisting – The Spirit Engineer will leave you wondering what is real and what is illusion'
W. C. RYAN, author of A House of Ghosts

'The Spirit Engineer is a delight of a debut, an atmospheric and entirely gripping chiller that calls to mind the best of M.R. James and E.F. Benson, without in any way paling in comparison'
BILLY O'CALLAGHAN, author of Life Sentences

'Based on an absolutely astonishing true story, it kept me guessing right till the end'
FRANCES QUINN, author of The Smallest Man

'A marvellous and menacing gothic chiller, filled with secrets and soaked in atmosphere'
NEIL BLACKMORE, author of The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle



Spirit Engineer

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