Inspiration from Novels

I read a lot of novels and live close to the Hospital Friends Charity Shop where they are either 30p or 50p. Recently I have found that novels I have picked up because I liked the title or knew the author are proving extremely relevant to my research and giving me interesting new angles to think from. Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence has introduced me to the concept of potato witchcraft. The Prestige by Christopher Priest and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern investigate what happens when “real magic” is disguised as illusion. Affinity by Sarah Waters examines vulnerability and the power of belief around the supernatural.

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