Raymond Lodge's death from shell shrapnel in 1915 was unremarkable in a war where many young men would die, but his father's response to his untimely death was. Sir Oliver Lodge, physicist, scientist, part inventor of the wireless telegraph and the spark plug, could not let go of Raymond and went on a controversial and bizarre journey into the realm of life after death. Following Sir Oliver's journey, Dear Raymond, explores the untapped topic of spirituality pre- and post-war, the influence that a national tragedy can have on a nation's belief system and the long lasting effects from this time that we still feel today. Alongside Lodge were some of the great names of the day, as a member of the Ghost Club and the Fabian Society he was in contact with famous men such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who went on his own mission into the afterlife after losing a son. Lodge's exploration and the controversy it exploded opens our eyes to how modern religion has been shaped and changed by the conflicts of the Twentieth Century.
Sophie Jackson has worked as a freelance writer since 2003 specialising in social history. She has been published in magazines both in the UK and US and has written six history books, including Churchill's Unexpected Guests about enemy POWs held in Britain and Death by Chocolate the story of a true Victorian murderess in Brighton. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4 with John Humphrys and was a guest lecturer at Kingston University literary festival. You can learn more about Sophie and her books at www.sophie-jackson.co.uk