Recommended Reading

All the books on this list are available from one or more of the SPR libraries or from online booksellers.




Broughton, Richard S. (1991) Parapsychology: The Controversial Science, London: Rider. 

Grattan-Guinness, Ivor. (Ed.) (1982) Psychical Research: A Guide to Its History, Principles and Practices. Wellingborough: The Aquarian Press.

Henry, Jane. (Ed.) (2005) Parapsychology: Research on Exceptional Experiences. Hove & New York: Routledge.

Heywood, Rosalind. (1959) The Sixth Sense. London: Pan Books. [New Edition1966]

Irwin, J. Harvey & Watt, Caroline A. (2007) An Introduction to Parapsychology.  Jefferson, NC & London, McFarland. (5th Edition)

Kelly, E.F., Kelly, E.W., Crabtree, A., Gauld, A., Grosso, M., Greyson, B. (2006)  Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century. PA: Rowman & Littlefield Inc.

Radin, Dean. (2006) Entangled Minds: Extraordinary Experiences in a Quantum Reality. New York:  Pocket Books.

Rhine, Louisa E.(1967) ESP in Life and Lab. London: Collier-Macmillan Ltd.

Sudre, Rene (1960) Parapsychology. Citadel.

Tyrrell, G.N.M. (1947) The Personality of Man. London: Penguin.

Wolman, B.J. (Ed.) (1977) Handbook of Parapsychology. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold.

History of Psychical Research

 Beloff, John. (1993) Parapsychology: A Concise History. London: The Athlone Press.

Gauld, Alan. The Founders of Psychical Research. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Haynes, Renée (1982) The Society for Psychical Research 1882-1982: A History. London: MacDonald & Co.

Inglis, Brian. (1978) Natural and Supernatural. [1992: Prism Press].

Inglis, Brian. (1984) Science and Parascience. London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.




Collections and Analyses of Spontaneous Experiences

Cornell, Tony (2002) Investigating the Paranormal. NY: Helix Press.

Green, Celia and McCreery, Charles. (1975) Apparitons. London: Hamish Hamilton.

Gurney, E. Myers, F.W.H., and Podmore, F. (1886) Phantasms of the Living. London.  [available from SPR online library through Lexscien].

Heywood, Rosalind. (1964) The Infinite Hive. Chatto & Windus.

MacKenzie, Andrew. (1982) Hauntings and Apparitions. London: Heinemann.

Rhine, Louisa E. (1981) The Invisible Picture: A Study of Psychic Experience. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co.

Rhine Feather, Sally (with Michael Schmicker) (2005) The Gift: ESP, the Extraordinary Experiences of Ordinary People. NY, St Martin's Press.

Stokes, Douglas. (1987) Spontaneous Psi Phenomena, in: S. Krippner (Ed.) Advances in Parapsychological Research 8, Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co.; 6-87.

Tyrrell, G.N.M. (1943) Apparitions London: The Society for Psychical Research. [republished with an introduction by Professor H.H. Price, 1953, reprinted 1973].


Barrett, William C. and Besterman, Theodore. (1926) The Divining Rod. London: Methuen.

Experimental Psi

Edge., Hoyt L., Morris, Robert L., Rush, Joseph H. & Palmer, John. (1985) Foundations of Parapsychology.  London & Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Irwin, Harvey J. (1994) An Introduction to Parapsychology.  Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co.

Milton, Julie and Wiseman, Richard. (1997) Guidelines for Extrasensory Perception Research. Hatfield, UK: University of Hertfordshire Press.

Radin, Dean. (1997) The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena. San Francisco: Harper Edge. 


Benor, Daniel J. (1993) Healing Research: Holistic Energy, Medicine, and Spirituality. London: Helix.

Krippner, Stanley and Achterberg, Jeanne. (2000) Anomalous healing experiences, In Etzel Cardena, Steven J. Lynn and Stanley Krippner, Varieties of Anomalous Experience, 353-396, Washington D.C : American Psychological Association.

Schouten, Sybo A. (1997) Psychic Healing and Complementary Medicine, in:  Krippner, Stanley (Ed.) Advances in Parapsychological Research 8, Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co.; 126-210.

Solfvin, Jerry. (1987) Mental Healing, in: Stanley Krippner (Ed.) Advances in Parapsychological Research 4, Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co.; 31-63.

Mediums and Psychics

Barrington, Mary Rose, Stevenson, Ian, Weaver, Zofie. (2005)  A World in a Grain of Sand: The Clairvoyance of Stefan Ossowiecki.  Jefferson, N.C. and London: McFarland & Co.

Fielding, Everard. Sittings with Eusapia Palladino and other Studies University Books 1963.

Gauld, Alan. (1983). Mediumship and Survival: A Century of Investigations. London: Paladin.

Gregory, Anita. (1985) The Strange Case of Rudi Schneider.  Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press.

Keene, M Lamar (1976)  The Psychic Mafia St Martins Press.

Lamont, Peter. (2005) The First Psychic. London:  Little, Brown.

Medhurst, R G (Ed)  (1972) Crookes and the Spirit World. Souvenir Press.

Pilkington, Rosemary. (2006) The Spirit of Dr Bindelof.  New York: Anomalist Books.

Podmore, Frank.  (1902) Modern Spiritualism Methuen.

Thurston, Herbert. (1952) The Physical Phenomena of Mysticism. Burns Oates.

Near Death Experiences

Fox, Mark. (2003).  Religion, Spirituality and the Near-Death Experience. London and New York: Routledge.

Lommel van, P. Consciousness beyond Life. London: Harper Collins.

Moody, Raymond. and Perry, Paul. (1988). The Light Beyond. London: Macmillan. 

Parnia, Sam. (2005) What Happens when we Die.  London: Hay House.

Parnia, Sam (2013) The Lazarus Effect. London: Random House Group.

Ring, Kenneth and Valarino, Evelyn Elsaesser. (1998). Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from the Near-Death Experience. New York: Insight Books. 

Ring, Kenneth and Cooper, Sharon. (1999) Mindsight. William James Center for Consciousness Studies.

Sabom, Michael B. (1982). Recollections of Death. London: Corgi. 

Zaleski, Carol. (1987) Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near Death Experiences in Medieval and Modern Times. New York: Oxford University Press.

Out of Body Experiences

Blackmore, Susan J. (1982) Beyond the Body. London: Heinemann. 

Green, Celia E. (1968) Out-of-the-body Experiences. London: Hamish Hamilton.


Carrington, Hereward and Fodor, Nandor. (1951) Haunted People: The Story of the Poltergeist Down the Centuries. Dutton.

Gauld, Alan and Cornell, A.D. (1979)  Poltergeists. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. 

Owen, A.R.G. (1964) Can We Explain the Poltergeist? New York: Garrett/Helix.

Playfair, Guy Lyon. (2011) This House Is Haunted. (3rd edition). White Crow Books.

Roll, William G. (1972) The Poltergeist New American Library.

Psi in Animals

Sheldrake, Rupert. (1999) Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals. Hutchinson: London. 

Psi and Coincidences

Inglis, Brian. (1990) Coincidence, London: Hutchinson.

Jung, Carl. (1972) Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Koestler, Arthur. (1972) The Roots of Coincidence. London: Hutchinson.


Dunne, J. W. (1927) An Experiment with Time. [latest re-issue 2001]

Hearne, Keith. (1989) Visions of the Future. Aquarian Press.  

MacKenzie, Andrew (1974) The Riddle of the Future. Arthur Barker.

Psi Photography

Edmunds, Simeon. (1965) 'Spirit' Photography.  SPR booklet [available from SPR online library through Lexscien]

Eisenbud, Jule. (1977) Paranormal Photography.  In: B.B. Wolman (Ed.) Handbook of Parapsychology. New York: Van Nostrand Rheinhold.


Braude, Stephen. (1986) The Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Hasted, John. (1981) The Metal Benders. London: Routledge.

Owen, Iris & Sparrow, Margaret. (1976) Conjuring up Philip. New York: Harper and Row. 

Randall, John L. (1982) Psychokinesis: A Study of Paranormal Forces through the Ages. Souvenir Press.


Cockell, Jenny. (1993) Yesterday's Children.  Piatkus.

Matlock, J.G. (1990) Past Life Memory Case Studies. In: Advances in Parapsychological Research 6.  Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co.; pp. 184-267.

Stevenson, Ian. (1974) Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation. 2nd [revised] edition Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.

Stevenson, Ian. (1987) Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation, Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia. (2001) Revised edition: Jefferson, N.C. McFarland & Co. 


Braude, Stephen. (2003) Immortal Remains.  Langham MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Gauld, Alan. (1983). Mediumship and Survival: A Century of Investigations. London: Paladin. 

Lorimer, David. (1984). Survival? Body, Mind and Death in Light of Psychic Experience. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. 

Myers, F.W.H.. (1992). Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death. Norwich: Pilgrim Books. (Originally published 1903, also available from SPR online library through Lexscien). 

Roy, Archie E. (1996) The Archives of the Mind. Stansted Mount Fitchet: SNU Publications.




Altered States of Consciousness

Tart, Charles. (1969) (Ed.). Altered States of Consciousness. New York: Doubleday. 


Fenwick, Peter and Elizabeth (1998) The Hidden Door. Understanding and Controlling Your Dreams. Headline. 

Green, Celia and McCreery, Charles. (1994) Lucid Dreaming. London: Routledge. 

Krippner, Stanley; Bogzaran, Faribal; and Carvalho, André Percia de. (2002) Extraordinary Dreams and how to Work with Them. State University of New York Press.

Ullman, Montague, Krippner, Stephen and Vaughan, Alan. (1989) Dream Telepathy: Explorations in Nocturnal ESP. 2nd ed. Jefferson, N.C.:  McFarland & Co. [First published 1973]




Consciousness and Psi

Steinkamp, Fiona  (Ed.) (2002) Parapsychology, Philosophy and the Mind: Essays Honoring John Beloff . Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company.

Stokes, Douglas M. The Nature of Mind: Parapsychology and the Role of Consciousness in the Physical World, Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co.

Tyrrell, G.N.M. (1947) The Personality of Man. London: Penguin.

Philosophy, Science and Psi

Braude, Stephen. (1986) The Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Broad, C. D. (1962) Lectures on Psychical Research. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Griffin, David Ray. (1997) Parapsychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality; A Postmodern Exploration. Albany: State University of New York Press.

LeShan, Lawrence. (1974) The Medium, The Mystic and the Physicist. Turnstone Press.[Republished a number of times, most recently in 2003, NY: Helios Press].

Shapin, Betty & Coly, Lisette (Eds) (1977) The Philosophy of Parapsychology. Parapsychology Foundation.

Thakur, Shivesh C. (1976) Philosophy and Psychical Research. London: George Allen & Unwin / New York: Humanities Press.




Anthropology, Religion and Psi

James, William. (1902) The Varieties of Religious Experience. [1960, 1962, 1968, 1971 London: Fontana]

McClenon, James. (1994) Wondrous Events: Foundations of Religious Belief.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Scepticism and Psi

Kurtz, Paul. (Ed.) (1985) A Skeptic's Handbook of Parapsychology. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books.

Marks, David and Kammann, Richard. (1980) The Psychology of the Psychic. Buffalo: NY: Prometheus Books.