"Magic, mystery and the complex beliefs of this fascinating culture are all explored with authority and enthusiasm."
--Teach Primary, Vol. 4.8
There are spells for escaping from demons, for turning into a snake or a heron, for not having your head cut off or for allowing you to drink water. Richard Parkinson, curator of Egyptian antiquities at the BM, proves an excellent guide, explaining how to read the papyrus and to decipher the hieroglyphs, pointing out fascinating details, tenderness between husband and wife, poetry and mystery --Books for Keeps, January 2011
This is a very interesting book with lots of facts. One interesting fact is that when you enter the afterlife your heart is weighed to see if you have had a good life. If you fail the test, the eater of the dead will swallow your heart! ... I would recommend this book and give it a score of 10 out of 10. --Young Archaeologist, Issue 146, Winter 2010 - Ellie Tomlinson, Age 9.
About the Author
Richard Parkinson is a curator of Egyptian antiquities at the British Museum.