The Seven Ages of Death (Paperback)
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Published: 12/05/2022
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The forensic pathologist and bestselling author of Unnatural Causes dissects twenty-four of his most fascinating autopsies from across the seven ages of human existence, revealing as much about the ways we all live as the manners in which we die.

Longlisted for the CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2022

This book is about death, but in it I will take readers on a journey through life

Dr Richard Shepherd, Britain's top forensic pathologist, has spent a lifetime close to the dead.

As a medical detective, each autopsy he carries out is its own unique investigation, uncovering the secrets not only of how a person died, but also of how, through every stage of life, the risks to each of us ebb and flow.

Through twenty-four of his most intriguing, enlightening and never-before-told cases, Dr Shepherd shares autopsies that span the seven ages of human existence, and have taught him as much about the marvels of life as the inevitability of death. From old to young, from murder to misadventure, and from illness to accidental death, each of these bodies has something to reveal: about human development, about mortality, about its owner's life story, about justice and even about Shepherd himself.

From the bestselling author of Unnatural Causes comes a powerful, moving and above all reassuring book about death as it touches our own lives - how to understand it, how best to postpone it, and, when our time comes (as it must), how to embrace it as the last great adventure.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781405947107
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 287 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This sequel is more ruminative, more meditative . . . Full of sharp observations about what life and death do to the human body - The Times, A BOOK OF THE YEAR

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

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

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

Grippingly elegiac yet wonderfully life-affirming, full of pithy observations about the inexorability of death and the marvels of existence - Felicia Yap, author of Future Perfect, Daily Express

Praise for Dr Richard Shepherd - -

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

Heart-wrenchingly honest

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

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

Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpel - The Guardian

Fascinating, insightful, candid, compassionate - Observer

Heart-wrenchingly honest - Mail Online

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“Simply Exhilarating”

Thank you to Penguin for my wonderful proof copy!

I was a fan of Richard Shepherd when I read Unnatural Causes, but this is really something else. Shepherd writes with brutal honesty about the processes surrounding... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
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“Addictive Read”

Well that was a very addictive read, but not one that I would recommend you read while eating...
It might put you off pouring a wine later too.
A good no nonsense look at the post-mortem process and the way the body... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 28

“Totally compelling”

These accounts of the work of a forensic pathologist left me spellbound.

Hardback edition
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