- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum; 1 edition (12 Nov. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441179771
- ISBN-13: 978-1441179777
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.7 x 22.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The rituals and architecture surrounding graveyards offer a fascinating glimpse into how we view our own mortality --The Telegraph
About the Author
Peter Stanford is a writer, broadcaster and biographer, whose books include biographies of Lord Longford, C Day-Lewis, and the Devil and the travelogue, The Extra Mile. A former editor of the Catholic Herald, he writes for the Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday and the Observer and has a regular column in the Tablet.
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He seems a nice man, a good companion, commendably moved by what he finds and this is a clever, elegant little book. 'Reading' a graveyard? Well not quite...ironically it is better than a sort of simple key. It is a rather deeper trip than that.
I loved it and have recommended it to many others - I've even lent my own copy out - not something I do lightly. You will start 'boring' you friends with little snippets from the book - but a little knowledge is never a bad thing - I say.
The only slight, and it is very slight, criticism is the 26 photographs in the book - although listed and labelled at the front are not captioned under each plate throughout the book.
The whole book is a joy to read, full of interesting facts - and no printer's typos !!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great incite research and understanding, Culture is everything and nowhere more obvious than in how we bury our DeadPublished 4 months ago by Bernie
I bought the book after hearing the author interviewed and was inspired to give it a read. I wasn't really sure what to expect from the book, It has been and informative and... Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2014 by Alison Carmarthen
A book which is full of interesting historical detail relating to a range of burial sites, times and customs, and often thought-provoking in its references to our present attitudes... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2014 by sgeoff
Bought for my husband who thought it very very interesting. Will now be visting the graveyards mentioned.hopfully on fine daysPublished on 3 Jan. 2014 by jenny
Peter Stanford's book is a very interesting read, very informative and the title may not alert would be readers to its contents. Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2013 by Paul Scriven MBE
FOUND BOOK VERY INTERESTING
ENJOYED READING IT WILL READ MORE OF THIS AUTHOR
WILL LOOK OUT FOR MORE OF HIS BOOKS