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All That Remains: A Life in Death Hardcover – 19 Apr 2018
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"One might expect [this book] to be a grim read but it absolutely isn’t. I found it invigorating!" (Andrew Marr BBC Radio 4 'Start the Week')
"Black’s utterly gripping account of her life and career as a professor of anatomy and forensic anthropology manages to be surprisingly life-affirming. As she herself says, it is “as much about life as about death”." (PD Smith Guardian)
"An engrossing memoir ... an affecting mix of the personal and professional." (Erica Wagner Financial Times)
"A model of how to write about the effect of human evil without losing either objectivity or sensitivity ... Heartening and anything but morbid... Leaves you thinking about what kind of human qualities you value, what kinds of people you actually want to be with." (Rowan Williams New Statesman)
"For someone whose job is identifying corpses, Sue Black is a cheerful soul ... All That Remains feels like every episode of Silent Witness, pre-fictionalized. Except, you know, really good." (Helen Rumbelow The Times)
"This fascinating look by a world-leading forensic scientist at what the dead can tell us is a real eye-opener... Sue Black must be one of the most unusual people in Britain… extraordinary…part meditation, part popular science and part memoir...the book offers a close-up and startlingly clear view of a subject that makes most of us look away." (James McConnachie Sunday Times)
"The real thing here is not the cause of death, but the nature of the life. Black is genuinely moving about the respect we should have for the dead … There is much to admire in this book." (Scotsman)
"Poignant and thoughtprovoking… it is the book’s humanity which will connect with readers." (Scottish Daily Mail)
"Let [Sue Black] take you by the hand and lead you on a journey which will inspire your awe and devotion … A wonderful surprise of a book." (Brian Masters The Tablet)
"Most of us are terrified of death, but Sue Black shows us that death is in fact a wondrous process, intimately tied with life itself. Written with warmth and humanity, All That Remains reveals her life among the dead, who can surely count her as their best friend." (Tess Gerritsen)
About the Author
Professor Dame Sue Black is one of the world’s leading anatomists and forensic anthropologists. Her expertise has been crucial to many high-profile criminal cases, and in 1999 she was the lead anthropologist for the British Forensic Team's work in the war crimes investigations in Kosovo. She was one of the first forensic scientists to travel to Thailand following the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 to provide assistance in identifying the dead. Sue is a familiar face in the media where documentaries have been filmed about her work and she led the highly successful BBC 2 series - History Cold Case. In 2015 she moved many to tears with her stories on Desert Island Discs and more recently she stunned over 300,000 Outlander followers when she announced that Lord Lovat, Simon Fraser, was not residing in a coffin built for him at the Wardlaw Mausoleum.
Sue was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to forensic anthropology.
From the Publisher
Professor Dame Sue Black
Human Anatomist and Forensic Anthropologist
Sue is one of the world's leading anatomists and forensic anthropologist, whose expertise has been crucial to many high profile criminal cases. She was the lead anthropologist im the War Crimes investigation in Kosovo and talks candidly about her experiences with death.
Sue confronts death every day and in All That Remains, she reveals the many faces of death that she has come to know.
Did you know
- ...that by looking at a small bone in your skull, Sue can tell where your mother was living when she was pregnant with you?
- ...Sue can identify someone by looking at their pattern of veins on the back of their hands?
- ...Sue has to carry her passport with her at all times, ready to fly to the scene at the drop of a hat?
Death and All its Faces
Sue talks through the many faces of death that she has experienced, from deaths in the family to the key cases she's worked on in her career.
Indian Ocean Tsunami
Sue was one of the first to travel to Thailand, following the tsunami to provide assistance in identifying the dead.
The Man from Balmore
When a body is found, Sue works to piece together the story of the life once lived and identify the person.
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