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Philippa PowysT.F. PowysForrest ReidGamel WoolseyRoger NormanDavid TippingPeter TAIT


& Other Ghost Stories


With a Preface by Giles Woodforde

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A PAD IN THE STRAW was first published sixty-two years ago in 1952. Long out of print, this new edition retains Lord David Cecil's Foreword to the original volume but now includes a Preface specially written by the author's son, Giles Woodforde, and an Afterword by Richard Dalby — making it the definitive edition of this oft-admired collection of 'strange tales for the connoisseur'.

Contains twenty stories: A Pad in the Straw’, ‘Malcolm’, ‘The Mirror of Man’s Damnation’, ‘Colin, Peter and Philip’, ‘Sacrilege at St. George's’, ‘Hugh’, ‘Expert Devilry’, ‘Jeremy’, ‘The Old Tithe Barn’, ‘The Chalk Pit’, ‘Michael’, ‘Goutt-de-Sang’, ‘Richard’, ‘The 'Doom' Window at Breckham’, ‘Robert and Andrew’, ‘Roderick’, ‘Lost and Found’, ‘Tony, Ian and Co.’, ‘Ex Libris’, ‘Cushi.’

“We soon discovered that Dr Woodforde had a natural flair for storytelling, especially weird and mysterious ones involving the supernatural, subtly different to the typical ghost story. So frightening were some of these stories that they found us burrowing even deeper into our beds. Before we left the school we implored him to write down the tales."

Price: 17.50   Limited edition Jacketed Hardback   ISBN-13: 978-1-908274-28-1

Book Dimensions: 210 148 mm   Publication Date: October 2013 SOLD OUT

A Pad in the Straw

We’re pleased to announce the forthcoming paperback edition (currently at our printers)

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Publication date: 20/21 July 2018 (now confirmed)
Full details and how to order will be posted by the above date

A full-length review of A PAD IN THE STRAW by David Harris in THE GHOSTS & SCHOLARS M.R. Newsletter (No: 23, March 2013)

A review by Mario Guslandi of Sundial's A PAD IN THE STRAW posted at THIRTEEN O'CLOCK.

Also reviewed by Mark Andresen at THE PAN REVIEW.
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"A recent review of A Pad in the Straw by Christopher Woodforde (published by The Sundial Press) in Ghosts and Scholars resulted in a rush of orders and only two hundred copies have been printed! I ordered my copy via the website ( just after I returned from Cambridge and it arrived first class the following day. How about that for service?

   It’s a handsome, well-produced, hard-backed volume (with an illustrated dust-wrapper) exactly the same size as the current Sarob publications. Yes, it is perfect bound but at 17.50 (p&p included within the UK) I’m not going to complain about that. The book contains the same twenty stories and prefatory note by Lord David Cecil as in the 1952 Dent original (lowest price on Abebooks, 85) as well as a preface by the author’s son, Giles Woodforde, and an afterword by Richard Dalby which is a most valuable addition. Thus I discovered Christopher’s family connection to the famous eighteenth century clerical diarist and his curacies in Lincolnshire and Norfolk, not far from my current home.

   Although written for and told to the choristers of New College, Oxford, the tales are not childish and they have a distinctly antiquarian, Jamesian character … "

An excerpt from a review in the quarterly Newsletter issued (Oct/Nov 2012) by A Ghostly Company

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‘Christopher Woodforde was born on 29 November 1907, and was one of the five children (four sons and one daughter) of Dr R. E. H. Woodforde, a general practitioner in Ashwell (Hertfordshire). He was educated at King’s School, Bruton, and Cambridge University (Peterhouse). He was ordained in 1930, after study at Wells Theological College, after which he held a number of curacies, including King’s Lynn (1930–32), Louth with Welton-le-Wold (1932–34), and Drayton with Hellesdon, Norwich (1934–36). Subsequently, he became a Rector in Somerset (Exford in 1936, Axbridge in 1939), and Vicar of Steeple Morden (Cambridgeshire) in 1945. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) on 14 January 1939 and resigned from the fellowship on 31 December 1957.’
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