Welcome to the Five Books recommendations on Magic & Witchcraft.
What is a grimoire? Can you tell Shamanism from Wicca?
Beliefs in magic and witchcraft have an expansive pedigree, dating back to the earliest form of writing in Ancient Babylonian stone tablets. And yet, in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, witch-hunts and killings continue to the present day.
Social historians, anthropologists, and illusionists recommend their best books on magic, examining the cultural practices from a range of different contexts.
by Alan Garner
The Viking Way: Magic and Mind in Late Iron Age Scandinavia
by Neil Price
Soul Hunters: Hunting, Animism, and Personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs
by Rane Willerslev
The Annotated Collected Poems
Edward Thomas (ed. by Edna Longley)
The Poems of Emily Brontë
Emily Brontë (ed. by Derek Roper)
For centuries, the witch has been an index not only of what we fear most in others, but also what we cannot cope with—the powerfully abnormal, strange and often irrational elements—in ourselves. And the best way to understand the history of witches and witchcraft is to first understand the supernatural, according to Diane Purkiss, Professor at Keble College, Oxford and author of the lauded book The Witch in History.
Former magician and internationally renowned debunker of paranormal claims James Randi sharpens his knives against proponents of flim-flam, pseudoscience and the so-called paranormal – and tells us where the creator of Sherlock Holmes went badly wrong. He selects the best books on scepticism for Five Books.
Steeped in the pre-Christian traditions of English magic, Richard Heygate, the author of the bestselling Book of English Magic, warns readers not to dabble unless they are prepared to end up in a padded cell.
The former Chief of Staff of Medical City Hospital, Dallas discusses the weird and wonderful world of Premonitions. Semi-scientific and light hearted
The emeritus professor of social anthropology at the London School of Economics and author of Speak of the Devil says the Dinka and the Nuer are famous in anthropology for not being preoccupied with misfortune