Conversations with Spirits by E. O. Higgins
December, 1917. The Great War is rampaging through Europe - yet Trelawney Hart has scarcely noticed. The arch-sceptic and former child prodigy has lost his way and now ekes out a lonely existence, taking his only comfort from the bottle. This dissolute lifestyle is interrupted, however, when spiritualist crusader and celebrated author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle arrives at the door of his London club and requests his help in investigating a man he believes to be a psychic medium of unparalleled gift. Driven on by his anticipation of exposing the psychic as a fraud, Hart accepts. But it is not long before he finds himself helpless amidst a series of seemingly inexplicable events - and he is forced to consider whether there may be much more to life than he had ever thought possible. Nominated for the Edinburgh Book Festival's 2014 First Book Award.