Monday 4 October 2010
Times Legacy by Barbara Erskine
Pages - 432
Published by Harper Collins in 2010
She focused on it for a moment and shook her head. Not a ghost. A residue. Someone had spent a lot of time here filling the room with unhappy thoughts. She could sense misery, loneliness and resignation and maybe, fear. She sent up a quick prayer of comfort for her predecessor, if it was indeed him, resolving to hold a healing ceremony that very evening to cleanse and bless the place, then over the coming weeks and months, to fill the flat with flowers and music and hopefully, laughter.
I spent my early twenties devoted to Barbara Erskine. At the time,they were the only paranormal books I could find and I have always loved nothing better than a ghost to scare me witless. Barbara Erskine has never let me down in the scary book department.
There is a passage from a hymn at the beginning of the book that I have sung during many a church service over the years, that finally means something to me after finishing the book. Let me quote it to you.
'And did those feet in ancient time,
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
This is from the hymn Jerusalem by William Blake.