All That Remains: A Life in Death by Professor Sue Black


Bookseller Review by Grace:

A fascinating breath of work encompassing Professor Sue Black’s career as a forensic anthropologist. At times thought-provoking and moving, at others analytical and diagnostic, but always told with emotion. Sue Black describes death in all it’s different appearances with humour, and a determination to break the stigma that still prevents so many people planning for and talking openly about death. I truly enjoyed every chapter, not just because it was well written, but because it is clear how honest Sue Black is about hard experiences in her own life. Fully wonderful. 

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Sue Black confronts death every day. As Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster. In ‘All that Remains’ she reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and what her work has taught her. Do we expect a book about death to be sad? Macabre? Sue’s book is neither. There is tragedy, but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel. Our own death will remain a great unknown. But as an expert witness from the final frontier, Sue Black is the wisest, most reassuring, most compelling of guides.