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Finding the Plot: 100 Graves to Visit Before You Die by [Treneman, Ann]
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Must Reads: Graving may sound like a gloomy activity but Treneman's fascinating trawl through burial sites proves it is anything but. --The Observer

Ann Treneman proves in his delightful as well as weirdly uplifting book, it's quite possible to be funny about death without tipping too far into flippancy... [This book] is a small victory for a different view of death, in its own quirky way. --Mail on Sunday

The book is packed with such stories, about the great and the good, as well as those you've never heard of, but are glad you now have. --The Spectator

Treneman was planning to leave the 100th entry empty for readers to come up with their own favourite grave but then she discovered Fred Wolseley. Like the ninety-nine other entries, it tells you much that you did not know, in an amusing and charming way. --Times Literary Supplement

This unusual guidebook is essential for anyone with a fascination for final resting places. -- --Discover Britain

[A] witty and highly entertaining guide. --Good Book Guide

The book is packed with such stories, about the great and the good, as well as those you've never heard of, but are glad you now have. --Spectator

About the Author

Ann Treneman is an award-winning journalist who has been the parliamentary sketchwriter for The Times since September 2003. She is the author of Annus Horribilis: The Worst Year in British Politics and Dave and Nick: The Year of the Honeymoon.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7877 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Press, The (8 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FO82TIY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read all the Highgate Cemetery entries before visiting the cemetery itself, and having those stories in my mind when I went in there added whole extra layers of interest and richness to the experience. 'Finding the Plot' has inspired me to visit more graves, and I'll definitely be taking the book along with me on all my visits. It's well written, funny, sad, fascinating... I highly recommend it.
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Writing in a chatty, jokey, journalistic style, Ann Treneman introduces us to 100 graves — but not THE 100 — because some are quite plain, even if resonating with interesting biography. She has absolutely no interest in memorial art, or the atmosphere in an English cemetery. Instead, like so many others, she is excited by the biographies and the exposure of (dead) people's follies and vanities, as if we, the living, can afford to mock those already gone! It's a neat little hardback (nice paper, clean type) but the line drawings, which are semi-comical, give no detail or visual impression of the memorials. To follow her quest (divided into regions) would require much wasting of petrol, but this is (to visit before you die) what is suggested in the title. 'Finding the plot' is inoffensive easy reading, but anyone interested in memorials would do better to find their own way with Mellor and Parsons gazetteer.
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I'm loving this book with its historical snippets and descriptive portrayals of the plots concerned. Have found the website findagave.com a fantastic companion to the book, to see in person the monuments. For instance the grave of Thomas Crapper which has recently been restored by his company which is still going today. It certainly looks like gleaming porcelain sanitaryware amongst the other lichen covered graves. Some melancholy but other uplifting tales, I would certainly recommend to people who love a book to dip into for 5 minutes here and there.
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I downloaded this book as I do enjoy a mooch around a graveyard! Author Ann Treneman writes with wit and humour which kept me interested. If like me you have a fascination with cemeteries you'll love this book.
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Saw this on Kindle and as I have a tendancy to wander round churchyards thought it would be a fun book to read. Glad I did its brilliant, funny and well entertaining. I think I may well go round and take photos of the graves for my Blog
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An excellent read. A very interesting subject written in a most amusing style by a superb writer, who also writes a very astute and witty political sketch column in the Times
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Sombre title, but having heard the review on Radio 4, it's not as doomy as one would think, as it is historically interesting, a subject that interests me. Well packaged, arriving promptly, delighted with my purchase, recommending the company I bought from and would use again.
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