Anbara Salam

Anbara Salam is half-Palestinian and half-Scottish, and grew up in London. She is the author of Things Bright and Beautiful and Belladonna. She has a PhD in Theology and lives in Oxford, England.


  • With the literary lyricism and precise historical detail of a Sarah Waters novel. . . . Salam injects a wry humor into this tale of secrets, lies, and the power of the ghosts of our pasts.

    —Entertainment Weekly, A Best Book of Fall

  • Atmospheric. . . .  a believable portrait of the 1920s spiritualism scene. Historical fiction fans will savor this.

    —Publishers Weekly

  • [A] brooding gothic novel. . . . This darkly atmospheric tale asks where the line between charity and deceit lies in a society haunted by those gone too soon.


  • Charming, evocative and very well researched. . . . If you need me, I will be reading this in bed with a flashlight.


  • A moving exploration of collective grief and wryly funny. Readers of gothic mysteries, historical fiction, and domestic drama will all find satisfaction within Salam’s atmospheric, layered world.

    —Library Journal

  • Glittering. . . . intoxicating.

    —Foreword Reviews

  • I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and I’m still shaking my head over that ending. Hazardous Spirits is a dark delight, perfect winter reading, no matter what you believe.


  • Clever. . . . Salam calls attention to family, loyalty, love, and trust.

    —Historical Novel Reviews

  • A darkly sumptuous love letter to the ghosts of Edinburgh past, guaranteed to give you goosebumps. Under its veneer of eccentric frivolity and acerbic wit, Hazardous Spirits is a heartbreaking exploration of collective grief and personal trauma. An exquisitely written work of Caledonian gothic.

    —Francine Toon, author of Pine

  • Equal parts lush Gothic mystery and delicately-wrought 1920’s domestic drama, Hazardous Spirits is a riveting exploration of the unknowable—whether it’s ghosts, spirits, or the people we love most.

    —Tara Isabella Burton, author of The World Cannot Give

  • A darkly sparkling jewel of a book: haunting, vivid and stuffed full of secrets.

    —Kirsty Logan, author of Now She is Witch

  • Unnerving, dark, and rich, Hazardous Spirits is a novel full of heart and strangeness.

    —Nell Stevens author of Briefly, A Delicious Life