The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story by Kate Summerscale

There can be no escaping British class divisions—even in the supernatural realm. Pity the poor poltergeist. With a name derived from the German for “noisy spirit” and a reputation for wrecking the best bone china, it stood no chance of social advancement in 1930s Britain.

The Daily Mail set the scornful tone, describing the hauntings of these newfangled ghouls as “altogether different from the honest, upright ghosts of decaying castles and ancient halls.”