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Fascitating, absolutely fascinating.If you are not interested in cemeteries and graveyards you will be after reading this.,
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This review is from: How to Read a Graveyard (Hardcover)
Knowing a little about the subject (I live near the marvellous Brookwood Cemetery) I approached this book full of anticipation, and was not disappointed. Peter Stanford is a skilled and knowledgeable writer - as per his earlier authoriship (Lord Longford biog., et al) and former editorship of the Catholic Herald. Not only does Stanford gives us a basic guide to the symbolism on grave memorials and funeral rights - but much much more. If for nothing else, read this book for the first two chapters - but having read them you will not be able to put the book down.
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 !!!!