Monday, 15 October 2012

The Restless Bones
& Other True Mysteries
by Peter Haining

(Armada, year unknown)

(I just posted this on my own blog, but it occurred to me that Found Objects partisans might enjoy it too, so, here you go..)

Cover illustration: Alun Hood
Interior illustrations: Ellis Nadler

Assorted tales of strange and unlikely goings-on, written in simple words and big type, guaranteed to put a rocket under the imagination of any young mind. Do kids these days still read books like this? I hope so.

I suppose parents & teachers might frown upon Haining’s insistence that the tall tales herein are all 100% factual, but his introduction, in which he thanks readers of his previous books for alerting him to new ‘mysteries’ worthy of investigation, is certainly pretty charming.

My favourite story is the none-more-hauntological yarn about an RAF pilot stationed at Mildenhall in Norfolk, who apparently discovers whistling East Anglian ghost ‘Old Roger’ doing his bit to help repel the Luftwaffe. Top stuff!


  1. Nice to see Kevin Rowland in the cockpit there (page 108). That must be the Dexy's tour plane, with it's famous wall of controls.

  2. Nice to see Captain Armada too. I haven't thought about him for over 30 years

  3. Yes, it's good to see both those fellows (together at last?), and I'm sure I'm not the only one who was disappointed Kevin didn't return to the long-promised airline pilot/UFO encounter narrative for that Dexys comeback album.

    Actually, the Rowlands likeness is only one of many things I love about that last illustration... it looks as if the artist covertly sketched it during a really boring meeting, squeezing in as much detail & shading as was humanly possible.