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The Seven Ages of Death: ‘Every chapter is like a detective story’ Telegraph Paperback – 12 May 2022

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This sequel is more ruminative, more meditative . . . Full of sharp observations about what life and death do to the human bodyThe Times, A BOOK OF THE YEAR

Enlightening, strangely uplifting . . . Shepherd's final chapter on death itself is a meditation of great beauty and light which puts all the darkness of the previous pages into perspectiveDaily Mail

Each chapter is like
a finely crafted detective story in which he expands on the causes of death as revealed by the post mortem, or the hidden reasons that precipitated it. Some are ordinary, others extraordinary. Shepherd writes beautifully, and despite its subject, the book is very funny in partsDaily Telegraph

Deeply insightful . . . Shepherd is unflinching in his self-dissectionThe Times

FascinatingDaily Express

Fascinating. He has the ability to examine himself and other people with the same forensic eye that he applies to corpses - one of the reasons why his books feel so life-enhancingDaily Telegraph

Grippingly elegiac yet wonderfully life-affirming, full of pithy observations about the inexorability of death and the marvels of existence -- Felicia Yap, author of Future Perfect ― Daily Express

Praise for Dr Richard Shepherd-

One of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time. Engrossing, a haunting page-turner. A book I could not put downThe Times

Heart-wrenchingly honest

Gripping, grimly fascinating, and I suspect I'll read it at least twiceEvening Standard

A deeply mesmerising memoir of forensic pathology. Human and fascinating

An absolutely brilliant book. I really recommend it, I don't often say that but it's fascinating

Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpelThe Guardian

Fascinating, insightful, candid, compassionateObserver

Heart-wrenchingly honestMail Online

About the Author

Richard Shepherd was born in West London but grew up in Watford. He was introduced to a medical textbook smuggled into the classroom by a friend which opened his eyes to the world of crime and murder, setting him on a lifelong quest to understand death in its many forms. He 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.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (12 May 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1405947101
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1405947107
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.95 x 2.54 x 19.81 cm
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