Why this book?
This is Doyle’s version of Elsie and Francis’s story, a book in which he argued that the existence of fairies had been proven, at last, by the modern technology of photography. To me, it’s a fascinating look at how events told from one point of view (a powerful man’s) can be entirely different from the same events told from less powerful players in the same drama. It’s also surprisingly timely, given the current state of polarization in our country: a case study of how people often believe what they want to believe, no matter how crazy it seems to others.
The Coming of the Fairies
Why should I read it?
2 authors picked The Coming of the Fairies as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
PREFACE This book contains reproductions of the famous Cottingley photographs, and gives the whole of the evidence in connection with them. The diligent reader is in almost as good a position as I am to form a judgment upon the authenticity of the pictures. This narrative is not a special plea for that authenticity, but is simply a collection of facts the inferences from which may be accepted or rejected as the reader may think fit. I would warn the critic, however, not to be led away by the sophistry that because some professional trickster, apt at the game of…