Harry Mount

Esprit de Corpse

How to Read a Graveyard: Journeys in the Company of the Dead


Bloomsbury 263pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

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 home. He noticed, too, how little other people used the graveyard for walks, presumably because of an innate fear of death.

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