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Unnatural Causes: 'An absolutely brilliant book. I really recommend it, I don't often say that' Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2 Pocketbok – 1 Augusti 2019
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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
Fabulous . . . The UK's top pathologist investigating high-profile deaths such as that of Diana, Princess of Wales - - The Sunday Post
Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpel - - Guardian
Insightful, candid and compassionate - - Observer
Fascinating, gruesome yet engrossing - - Richard and Judy, Daily Express
Heart-wrenchingly honest - - Professor Sue Black, author of All That Remains
Darkly fascinating - - Daily Mirror
Partly an autobiography, but also a love letter to pathology. It's dignified and graceful and painfully honest about the human and emotional cost of so much time with the dead. Insightful, moving and mesmerising - - Marylebone Journal
Richard Shepherd trained as a doctor at St George's Hospital medical school at Hyde Park Corner, qualifying in 1977 and then completed his postgraduate training as a forensic pathologist in 1987. He immediately joined what was then the elite forensic department at Guy's Hospital. He has been involved nationally and internationally in the forensic investigation of thousands of deaths from unnatural causes, from headline-making murders to mass natural disasters, and many sudden and unexplained deaths that his investigations showed were from natural causes or due to accidents. His skills and expertise still remain in demand around the world.
- Utgivare : Penguin Books Ltd; 1:a utgåvan (1 Augusti 2019)
- Språk : Engelska
- Pocketbok : 464 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 1405923539
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405923538
- Rangordning för bästsäljare: #653 i Böcker (Visa Topp 100 i Böcker)
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If you want a book that pretends to be a casebook on a Forensic Pathologist's work, and you don't mind having to wade through some padding, this might be worth a shot. If you find it a bit tedious to have to read someone's opinions on matters through the lens of a white middle class male who is clearly very pro establishment and doesn't want to question or even consider what the alternative might be, steer clear.
When considered from a biographical perspective, about someone I'd never heard of before, it was a fascinating and very touching read.
And it's a genuine 'page turner'. I have no idea how he managed to write this, let alone make it so fascinating, but whether you like adventure, biography, crime, pathos, anecdote, or just good writing, I highly recommend it.
his was a perfect blend of the two types of books I regularly read. I am an avid reader of grisly/crime reads such as Martina Cole or Jessie Keane but I also enjoy a good autobiography as I enjoy the aspect of reality that they bring, especially read by the author themselves. It must have taken a lot to bare all and talk about his PTSD and the years when his credibility was in jeopardy. Well done to Dr Shepherd for being able to put all that in writing and out there in the public.
Dr Shepherd managed to hook me in from the very beginning and I ended up finishing it in just a few days as I was desperate to hear more. I also enjoyed his recognition that not all readers would understand the medical language and he explained the medical terms, whilst not coming across condescending in any way.
I would definitely recommend this book and absolutely loved it. I've bought a couple of Christmas presents which I'm sure will go down really well!
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