Down On The Body Farm

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

In separate conversations with eighteen eminent medical men and women engaged in various branches of pathology, Sue Armstrong rigidly limits herself to asking the questions, thus enabling the doctors to describe what they do, why they do it, and what they strive to achieve in their work. The common thread that unites them all is […]

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Burn, Baby, Burn

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

John Casey, a Cambridge English don with a Catholic upbringing followed by many years of doubts, has written an excellent book about what may follow death. Beginning with the ancient Egyptians, the first people to believe in an afterlife, he surveys over 3,000 years of ideas about futurity, concentrating particularly on hell and heaven but, […]

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Esprit de Corpse

Posted on by Tom Fleming

For all the agony of grief, it usually has a time limit. As Peter Stanford reveals in this original, engaging book of the dead, graves are visited for an average of only 15 years before falling into neglect. Stanford noticed this as he took his dog for walks in the cemetery next to his London […]

Grave Matters

Posted on by Tom Fleming

According to recent surveys, around half the population of Britain still believe in some kind of existence after death. But there is no longer any consensus about what that existence might be, beyond ‘fuzzy hopefulness’, as Carl Watkins puts it. The Undiscovered Country, an exploration of changing beliefs about death and the afterlife in Britain […]

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