by George Pendle
Weidenfeld & Nicolson Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0297848534
Date: 14 July, 2005 List Price £18.9 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Occassionaly I get sent relevant non-fiction works and this particular one looks to be right up my street! Strange Angel tells the story of the life of rocket scientist John Whiteside Parsons and is an embodiment of the phrase "truth is stranger than fiction."
"George Pendle explores the bizarre world of 1930's Los Angeles where eminent writers and scientists visited seances in its thriving occult community, and tells how when fantasy's pull became stronger than reality, Parson's lost both his work and his wife. Parson was just emerging from his personal underworld when he died - aged thirty seven. In Strange Angel, Pendle recovers a fascinatinglife and explores the unruly consequences of genius."
(Source: Weidenfeld & Nicolson)