Ronald Pearsall

Ronald Joseph Pearsall (20 October 1927 – 27 September 2005) was an English writer whose scope included children's stories, pornography and fishing.[1]

His most famous book The Worm in the Bud (1969) was about Victorian orgies, prostitution and fetishism.[2] A prolific writer, his other books included three on popular music between 1837 and 1929, several on the history of sexuality and many on antiques. He held other jobs as a shoe shop assistant, cinema manager and store detective.[3] His book The Table Rappers (1972) was an exposure of fraud mediums, tricksters and charlatans in Spiritualism.[4]


As editor


  1. Head, Raymond (October 2005). "Obituary:Ronald Pearsall". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  2. Book Review for The Worm in the Bud
  3. Adrian, Jack (October 2005). "Obituary: Ronald Pearsall". The Independent. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  4. The Telegraph. (2005). Ronald Pearsall. Obituary.
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