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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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The heart-wrenchingly honest new book about life and death from forensic pathologist and bestselling author of UNNATURAL CAUSES, Dr Richard Shepherd
A TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
'Deeply insightful. Unflinching' THE TIMES
'A finely-crafted detective story' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Enlightening, strangely uplifting' DAILY MAIL
'Fascinating' DAILY EXPRESS
Dr Richard Shepherd, a medical detective and Britain's top forensic pathologist, shares twenty-four of his most intriguing, enlightening and never-before-told cases.
These autopsies, spanning the seven ages of human existence, uncover the secrets not only of how a person died, but also of how they lived.
From old to young, murder to misadventure, and illness to accidental death, each body has something to reveal - about its owner's life story, how we age, justice, society, the certainty of death.
And, above all, the wonderful marvel of life itself.
Praise for Dr Richard Shepherd
'Gripping, grimly fascinating, and I suspect I'll read it at least twice' Evening Standard
'A deeply mesmerising memoir of forensic pathology. Human and fascinating' Nigella Lawson
'An absolutely brilliant book. I really recommend it, I don't often say that but it's fascinating' Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2
'Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpel' Guardian
'Fascinating, gruesome yet engrossing' Richard and Judy, Daily Express
'Fascinating, insightful, candid, compassionate' Observer
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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 perspective ― Daily 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 parts ― Daily Telegraph
Deeply insightful . . . Shepherd is unflinching in his self-dissection ― The Times
Fascinating ― Daily 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-enhancing ― Daily 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
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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
Gripping, grimly fascinating, and I suspect I'll read it at least twice ― Evening 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 scalpel ― The Guardian
Fascinating, insightful, candid, compassionate ― Observer
Heart-wrenchingly honest ― Mail 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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: 952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If Dr Shepherd wants to talk about himself, then he should write an autobiography.
Harsh comment, perhaps, but he comes over in this book as being arrogant, but then the best pathologists often were. Spilsbury, Camps, Simpson.
To me there is not finer writer covering this topic than Dr Richard Shepherd. really hope some more books come our way from this forensic pathologist/author.
I learnt a lot from this book.
Whilst a Doctor is able to deal with and diagnose illnesses, a forensic pathologist is able to show us some of the frightening consequences of our lifestyle choices and writes in great detail in some of the murder cases Dr Shepherd has dealt with, of man’s inhumanity to man.
A total inspiration to our country and a compelling and well written book that makes me proud to have met this gentleman. I'd advise this as a must read I couldn't put it down!...so much so I've put off the last two chapters as I just don't want it to end.
by Dr Richard Shepard's previous book(unnatural causes) which documented his high profile illustrious career as a forensic pathologist. That book was just so informative, Dr Shepard has a
great ability to paint a picture with his words, and analogies make sense of body issues we don't understand. The seven stages of death, again, so incredibly informative and addictive reading, but where his first book.was like reading a history book of which I am a contemporary, the seven ages of death creeps closer to where are - older age creeping up on our door step. While I felt saddened at times to have to recognise certain facts, I have finished the book with a greater acceptance, calmness, inevitability, some guidance on how to help my aging time, but in the whole, a knowledge and peace.
What a wonderful legacy Dr Shepard will eventually leave this world with. His amazing skills as a very prominent forensic pathologist, but his common decency and integrity, and honesty to look at his own world - seldom are they perfect. He bares his own issues. Perhaps his greatest legacy will be that he took enormous effort to write it down so beautifully for myself generation (last of the babyboomers) ,but for those to come after us. Thank you. A wonderful achievement.