Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses (Paperback)
  • Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses (Paperback)

Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses (Paperback)

Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 28/10/2021
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In the long run, we're all dead. But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure. The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated and even filed away in a lawyer's office. Their fingers, teeth, toes, arms, legs, skulls, hearts, lungs and nether regions have embarked on voyages that criss-cross the globe and stretch the imagination.

Counterfeiters tried to steal Lincoln's corpse. Einstein's brain went on a cross-country road trip. And after Lord Horatio Nelson perished at Trafalgar, his sailors submerged him in brandy - which they drank. From Mozart to Hitler, Rest in Pieces connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes towards death.

Publisher: Duckworth Books
ISBN: 9780715654132
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


A historically beguiling, stranger-than-fiction compendium

* Elle *

Deliciously morbid and delightfully macabre... required reading for those of us who intend, one day, to die

-- Ben Schott, author of Schott's Original Miscellany

If really, we're all sitting in the undertaker's waiting room, then Rest in Pieces is the perfect easy read, preparation for the moment when the nurse steps out of the shadows and quietly calls your name

-- Simon Winchester, bestselling author of Skulls and The Professor and the Madman

There is something here to dismay everyone

* Times Literary Supplement *

A tasty, sharp, wonderfully unusual book. I enjoyed it like a jar of perfect dill pickles: when the mood strikes, nothing else will satisfy

-- Mary Roach, author of Gulp and Stiff

The world is awash with legendary body parts, from Einstein's brain to Napoleon's most intimate organ, and this wildly entertaining account proves that the fate of the grisly relics tells us a huge amount about history - and ourselves

-- Tony Perrottet, author of Napoleon's Privates

Marvelously macabre... A fascinating foray into the way of all flesh

* Kirkus Reviews *

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