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  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241472040
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $38.00

The Seven Ages of Death

'Every chapter is like a detective story' Telegraph




Forensic pathologist and bestselling author of Unnatural Causes, Dr Richard Shepherd, brings his unparalleled honesty and insight to a new book about life and death.

What can death teach us about life?

In his career conducting thousands of post-mortems, Dr Richard Shepherd has examined death at every stage of life. From old to young, murder to misadventure, and from illness to accidental death, each autopsy is its own unique investigation: revealing secrets about life, mortality, and even about himself.

From the author of Unnatural Causes comes a powerful, endlessly fascinating and above all reassuring new book about death - how to understand it, postpone it, and, when our time comes (as it must come), how to embrace it, as our last and greatest adventure.

  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241472040
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $38.00

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Heart-wrenchingly honest

Sue Black, author of All That Remains

Heart-wrenchingly honest

Sue Black, author of All That Remains

One of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time. Engrossing, a haunting page-turner. A book I could not put down

The Times

One of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time. Engrossing, a haunting page-turner. A book I could not put down

The Times

Gripping, grimly fascinating, and I suspect I'll read it at least twice

Evening Standard

Gripping, grimly fascinating, and I suspect I'll read it at least twice

Evening Standard

A deeply mesmerising memoir of forensic pathology. Human and fascinating

Nigella Lawson

A deeply mesmerising memoir of forensic pathology. Human and fascinating

Nigella Lawson

An absolutely brilliant book. I really recommend it, I don't often say that but it's fascinating

Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2

An absolutely brilliant book. I really recommend it, I don't often say that but it's fascinating

Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2

Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpel

The Guardian

Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpel

The Guardian

Fascinating, insightful, candid, compassionate

Observer

Fascinating, insightful, candid, compassionate

Observer

Deeply insightful . . . Shepherd is unflinching in his self-dissection

The Times

Deeply insightful . . . Shepherd is unflinching in his self-dissection

The Times

Fascinating

Daily Express

Fascinating

Daily Express

Fascinating. He has the ability to examine himself and other people with the same forensic eye that he applies to corpses - one of the reasons why his books feel so life-enhancing

Daily Telegraph

Fascinating. He has the ability to examine himself and other people with the same forensic eye that he applies to corpses - one of the reasons why his books feel so life-enhancing

Daily Telegraph

Enlightening, strangely uplifting . . . Shepherd's final chapter on death itself is a meditation of great beauty and light which puts all the darkness of the previous pages into perspective

Daily Mail

Enlightening, strangely uplifting . . . Shepherd's final chapter on death itself is a meditation of great beauty and light which puts all the darkness of the previous pages into perspective

Daily Mail

Each chapter is like a finely crafted detective story in which he expands on the causes of death as revealed by the post mortem, or the hidden reasons that precipitated it. Some are ordinary, others extraordinary. Shepherd writes beautifully, and despite its subject, the book is very funny in parts

Daily Telegraph

Each chapter is like a finely crafted detective story in which he expands on the causes of death as revealed by the post mortem, or the hidden reasons that precipitated it. Some are ordinary, others extraordinary. Shepherd writes beautifully, and despite its subject, the book is very funny in parts

Daily Telegraph

Heart-wrenchingly honest

Mail Online

Heart-wrenchingly honest

Mail Online

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