Written In Bone: hidden stories in what we leave behind (Hardback)Professor Sue Black (author)
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The author of the bestselling All That Remains, forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black returns with a fascinating examination of the endless details recorded in our bones.
Winner of the ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2021.
Our bones are the silent witnesses to the lives we lead. Our stories are marbled into their marrow.
Drawing upon her years of research and a wealth of remarkable experience, the world-renowned forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black takes us on a journey of revelation. From skull to feet, via the face, spine, chest, arms, hands, pelvis and legs, she shows that each part of us has a tale to tell. What we eat, where we go, everything we do leaves a trace, a message that waits patiently for months, years, sometimes centuries, until a forensic anthropologist is called upon to decipher it.
Some of this information is easily understood, some holds its secrets tight and needs scientific cajoling to be released. But by carefully piecing together the evidence, the facts of a life can be rebuilt. Limb by limb, case by case - some criminal, some historical, some unaccountably bizarre - Sue Black reconstructs with intimate sensitivity and compassion the hidden stories in what we leave behind.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 536 g
Dimensions: 222 x 160 x 32 mm
A fascinating if grisly book. It should be read. -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday *
For someone who deals in death every day, Sue Black has a rare ability to make blood and bones come alive. A marvellous writer. * Ruth Davidson SMP *
A fascinating overview of the human skeleton from the forensic anthropologist's point of view, with case studies that are both pertinent and entertaining. * Kathy Reichs, author of the Temperance Brennan, Bones series *
Gripping from the start, Written in Bone is superb - fascinating in its detail of real life cases and written with a narrative that propels you forward to the next page. * Dr Richard Shepherd, author of Unnatural Causes *
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