This amusing little book consists of comic and curious inscriptions collected by Fritz Spiegl and recreated by Jane Knights in the original letters and style. The format of the book resembles a gravestone, i.e. the tops of the pages jut out in rounded form.
According to the compiler, many messages that were meant to last until judgment day are getting lost due to property development and air pollution and therefore need to be preserved. In the foreword, Spiegl refers to previous anthologies like that of Andrews, Beable and Diprose and to the book The Epitaph Writer: Consisting of Upwards of Six Hundred Original Epitaphs, Moral, Admonitory, Humorous and Satirical by John Bowden.
The epitaphs appear on the right hand side with the location indicated (and sometimes a historical note or a quote from The Churchyards Handbook or the Bible) on the left hand page. They commence with that of Mrs Phoebe Crew of Norwich who as a midwife brought 9730 children into the world. To me the funniest one is "Here lies Jane Shore I say no more who was alive in Sixty-five," an epitaph from Wrexham in Denbighshire. There are also some interesting anagrams.
Some epitaphs are witty, some are laugh out loud funny, but the book isn't all that serious about its subject I suspect. This small book of grave humour at least provides about an hour of amusement.