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All That Remains
All That Remains: A Life in Death | Sue Black
Featured on BBC RADIO 4's Start the Week Sue Black confronts death every day. As Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster. In All that Remains she reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and what her work has taught her. Do we expect a book about death to be sad? Macabre? Sue's book is neither. There is tragedy, but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel. Our own death will remain a great unknown. But as an expert witness from the final frontier, Sue Black is the wisest, most reassuring, most compelling of guides.
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I‘ve read quite a few of these—books by #forensic specialists—and this is one of the best. Autobiographical inserts usually irritate me in scientific #nonfiction; not in this case. Maybe it‘s a matter of expectations—I approached it knowing it‘s a #memoir. Unpretentious if firmly grounded in the personal, honest yet professional, opinionated but thoughtful. Plus, the author‘s no-nonsense approach permeates the entire thing.

4.5/5

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Grrlbrarian
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I snagged my #bookspin on audio. It wasn‘t read by Black - a shame, I loved her voice in Written in Bone - but the narrator did a good job. This job is less focused on cold cases and more on the broad brushstrokes of death, dying, and legacy. Although it felt a little repetitive at times, I enjoyed Black‘s wry humor and death-positive (yet reverent) perspective. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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julesG
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Interesting, moving, eye-opening.

I recommend this to anyone who's afraid of death. I think I took away more from this book than Roach's Stiff.

#MountTBR is one book lighter

RebelReader I loved Stiff so I will definitely check this one out! 2mo
youneverarrived Agree! I found it so interesting 2mo
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julesG
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Last book was about bones (Nona the Ninth), so...

Somehow all my books have something in common these days. Weird, but happens.

@scripturient, I bought this in Chester upon your recommendation. Thanks, I'm enjoying it so far. Maybe more than I'm supposed to. 🤔

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jenniferw88
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Day 35 #tbrpile

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youneverarrived
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The author is a forensic anthropologist and this book is a memoir of sorts - there‘s bits of family history, cases she‘s worked on and all that her job entails. It‘s fascinating! And she has a refreshing take on how to deal with and talk about death. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#nonfiction2021 something by a woman

BarbaraBB That sounds fascinating 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds very interesting, stacking! 1y
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youneverarrived
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Car journeys are for reading 📖 finding this book so interesting!

Caroline2 Hmm, sounds like an interesting read. Defo different!!! 😆 2y
veritysalter I found this book fascinating. 2y
youneverarrived @Caroline2 I‘m fascinated by things like this 😆 2y
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Cathythoughts Sounds really good. I‘m putting in my audio stack 👍🏻 2y
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts I think it‘ll be a good one on audio 😁 2y
Moray_Reads Absolutely fascinating. If I could deal with the emotional trauma of the job, I'd have loved being a forensic anthropologist 2y
youneverarrived @Moray_Reads same, such a fascinating job. 2y
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Sure Black had had a fascinating and influential career as a forensic anthropologist and this book is a brilliant look at her professional as well as her personal experience of death. It's personal but unsentimental and the are some graphic descriptions at well as harrowing events (always sensitively written) that had me in tears a few times. A challenging but very worthwhile read if you have a strong stomach. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 2y
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Moray_Reads
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Loving this fascinating look into forensic anthropology. If I had a science brain I would love this as a career.

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kaysworld1
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I throughly enjoyed this book, I feel I have a better understanding of human anatomy and death.
It started off slow but stick with it.

I finally managed to finish this book one day late but I'm counting it because it was 12 hours long! #dashingdecember #readathon book @Andrew65 thank you for letting join in i love a good readathon.

#audiobook #audiobooks #readingthelibrary #librarybook #reading #femaleauthor #reality #realtalk #death

Andrew65 Great thanks have you with us. 😍 2y
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kaysworld1
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Put a good 4 hours to this book today at work.
I didn't like the beginning but definitely stick with it, its really interesting 🤔
Last book of #dashingdecember #readathon
@Andrew65

#audiobook #readingthelibrary #librarybook #truecrime #truestory #readyourownway #readathon #booknerd #read #NovelNovember #reality #realtalk

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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rabbitprincess
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An excellent book. So good I incurred library fines in order to finish it 😅

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64-2019 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Let me just say this book will not be for everyone BUT I liked it. Sue is a professor of anatomy & forensic anthropology. This book is her memoir but everything comes back to death and dying. She is quite factual/textbook at times but not in a grotesque way and there are lots of great quotes amongst her philosophical musings. She is most passionate when talking about living life vs delaying death

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jenniferw88
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Finally a book-related post from me! 🤣🤣🤣
#skeletons on covers for #screamathonphotochallenge @4thhouseontheleft

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Debblyliz
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A book about death should be depressing and morbid, I did not feel this while listening to this book. Fascinating and intricate and told with such passion by the the author. Full review: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/review-all-that-remains-by...

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A forensic pathologist‘s memoir about her relationship with corpses didn‘t seem very me to begin with but I‘m so glad I read this book and I absolutely loved it. So philosophical, so compassionate, and so optimistic even though it was inescapably about the fact that we‘re all going to die. It broke down a lot of taboos about death I unthinkingly had and has helped it feel a bit less confusing. I really recommend this peaceful, introspective book

SW-T Great description. I enjoyed this one also. 3y
xxDragonfly This has just made the To Read pile, thanks for sharing!! 3y
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SW-T
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This book had its own allure, even when stuck on technical details. Very informative and educational. It was interesting to learn about how they identified remains so families could get closure, as with Kosovo. The pollution caused by burials and cremation was also interesting to consider, and learned a lot about the burial recycling that occurs in so many places. So much we take for granted or don‘t even consider. Provided food for thought.

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Look forward to reading the tagged book! A forensic anthropologist and human anatomist discusses death, mortality, and solving crimes. Appeals to the Law & Order, L&O SVU, CSI, and NCIS fan in me 🙄

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ooodiga
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New reading material! Since I'm only travelling via book this year and only have 271 books in my #toberead pile - which aren't nearly sufficient for a literary world trip - I enjoyed a trip to my two favourite local bookshops. This might be the trip I am looking forward to the very most in my life 📚🌐🤗

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veritysalter
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Sue Black looks back on her career as a Forensic Anthropologist, the science and some of her cases; including giving back an identity to those murdered in the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.

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Laru79
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This book is a super pick for me! Fascinating, funny, educational and interesting, I couldn‘t stop reading. I thought I might have been a bit squeamish to read the gory bits but it was all just so interesting. Prof Black has so many stories to tell and her writing is so engaging. I would happily have read twice as much from her!

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Laru79
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Starting on this beauty! So excited to read this!!!!

tpixie That cover! 📚 4y
Laru79 So classy isn‘t it? 4y
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Weaponxgirl
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Another kindle daily deal alert for the uk at only 99p! This is just the sort of book I find fascinating

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Jeg
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My medical partner came home with this. The author is an anatomist and forensic anthropologist in Dundee. I found it very interesting. After reading I feel much more informed. Partners mother, 97 , has left her body to science . Family uncomfortable with this. After reading this I have no worries about what will happen to her body.
Also as I‘m getting closer to the inevitable I found this somewhat comforting. @MrsMalaprop

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So very excited to read this.