All that Remains: A Renowned Forensic Scientist on Death, Mortality, and Solving Crimes Hardcover – March 5, 2019
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A CrimeReads Best True Crime Book of the Month
"With a disarming frankness . . . a multipronged approach to the topic of death, exploring it through scientific, sociological, historical, and philosophical lenses. . . . This is a perceptive study of a subject both deeply uncomfortable and uncommonly engrossing."—Publishers Weekly
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“Black’s testimony to the nobility of her calling is a welcome and compassionate look at death and the mysteries that shroud it.”—Booklist
“Essential . . . an insightful, compelling, and often entertaining memoir about a life spent studying and reckoning with the dead and their secrets.”—CrimeReads, “The Best True-Crime Books of the Month”
"Dame Sue Black . . . writes vividly about her job identifying human remains, the events in her life that led her to this career, and the reality of death in all of our lives."—Book Riot, "33 Highly Anticipated Crime Novels"
"Dame Sue Black writes about life and death with great tenderness but no nonsense, with impeccable science lucidly explained, and with moral depths humanely navigated, so that we can all feel better about the path we must all inevitably follow."—Lee Child
"All That Remains provides a fascinating look at death—its causes, our attitudes toward it, the forensic scientist's way of analyzing it. A unique and thoroughly engaging book. "—Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author
"No scientist communicates better than Professor Sue Black. All That Remains is a unique blend of memoir and monograph that admits us into the remarkable world of forensic anthropology. "—Val McDermid, award-winning and bestselling author
"Most of us are terrified of death, but Sue Black shows us that death is in fact a wondrous process, intimately tied with life itself. Written with warmth and humanity, All That Remains reveals her life among the dead, who can surely count her as their best friend."—Tess Gerritsen, internationally bestselling author
“This is one of those books that’ll astound as it entertains. It’s a little shivery and oh-so-fascinating. And in the end, All that Remains is a tale you can live with.”—Marco Eagle (part of the USA Today network)
“Black is informative, respectful, easily accessible, and funny. This is perfect for anatomy nerds and CSI fans.”—bethfishreads.com
"This fascinating look by a world-leading forensic scientist at what the dead can tell us is a real eye-opener. . . . Part meditation, part popular science, and part memoir . . . the book offers a close-up and startlingly clear view of a subject that makes most of us look away. . . . Extraordinary."—Sunday Times
"An engrossing memoir . . . an affecting mix of the personal and professional."—Financial Times
"A model of how to write about the effect of human evil without losing either objectivity or sensitivity. . . . Heartening and anything but morbid . . . Leaves you thinking about what kind of human qualities you value, what kinds of people you actually want to be with."—New Statesman
"Black’s utterly gripping account of her life and career as a professor of anatomy and forensic anthropology manages to be surprisingly life-affirming. As she herself says, it is ‘as much about life as about death.’"—Guardian
"The real thing here is not the cause of death, but the nature of the life. Black is genuinely moving about the respect we should have for the dead … There is much to admire in this book." —Scotsman
"For someone whose job is identifying corpses, Sue Black is a cheerful soul. . . . All That Remains feels like every episode of Silent Witness, pre-fictionalized. Except, you know, really good."—The Times
"Poignant and thought-provoking . . . It is the book’s humanity which will connect with readers." —Scottish Daily Mail
"Let [Sue Black] take you by the hand and lead you on a journey which will inspire your awe and devotion. . . . A wonderful surprise of a book."—The Tablet
"Sue Black has been intimately involved with the aftermath of death for her whole professional career, and in her book she weaves in details of her amazing and active life with her analysis of death in a narrative that is personal, touching, occasionally tragic, but also instilled with her wonderful sense of humour."—Dr. Richard Shepherd, consultant forensic pathologist
About the Author
- Publisher : Arcade (March 5, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1948924277
- ISBN-13 : 978-1948924276
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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The audiobook is no better than the Kindle version. In many ways, it was worse, because the blathering is more annoying when narrated.
When reading this review, please keep in mind that I was expecting to read about forensic sciences, and I’m amongst the minority of reviewers.
Sue's book has inspired me to arrange to have my body donated to a university in Florida. W/o even having read the book but solely based on my oral reviews or it, my husband has also expressed a desire to donate.
What an inspiration Sue has been. Thank you Sue, and thank you for your stories, they have helped me understand death far better than I have ever understood this inevitable end to life.
While never stinting on the scientific aspects of her work, such as how the body changes after death, and how even partial remains can be used for identification, she is not afraid to bring a more personal and human tone, talking about her first experiences with a dead family member, and most movingly about the deaths of her parents. This personal aspect added another dimension to the book , giving a real human interest aspect as we learn about what motivated the author to take up her profession, and why she has such a passion for its continuing place in the education of future doctors and scientists.
One of the most fascinating things discussed in the book was what happens when somebody donates their body to science, something few of us really consider. The care and respect that goes into the process as a whole as well as the science behind it made for some very interesting reading..
I would highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in science or forensics , its a fascinating and compelling book, both intense and entertaining,
I read a review copy courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, all opinions are entirely my own