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  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • All That Remains A Life in Death
  • Sue Black
  • English
  • 03 October 2019
  • 9780857524928

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Free read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ð Sue Black All That Remains A Life in Death Free download ½ 9 Sue Black ð 9 Read Is neither There is tragedy but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel Our own death will remain a great unknown But as an expert witness from the final frontier Sue Black is the wisest most reassuring most compelling of guide. As is probably well established by now I love medical nonfiction so I was excited to pick this book up especially because the publisher compares Black s writing to Caitlin Doughty and Mary Roach When I think of Doughty and Roach the first word that pops into mind is funnyIt s unfortunate because while this book is many things it s not funnyFrom the beginning it s clear that Black is not a forensic pathologist determining causes of death via autopsy nor an overly science y person all together Her first job was at a butcher shop and she carried the experience forward studying anatomy in college and becoming a forensic anthropologist concentrating on the bones of the deceasedThe first third of the book reads like a memoir In addition to telling us about her start in the field Black muses on the nature of death the meaning of identity and discusses the last days of three family members in great detail There s nothing wrong with this per ce but it s a hundred pages in the front that s completely separated from what I thought I was getting crime Analyzing bones Maybe some gory stuff If you don t know what s coming you may be tempted to give up hereAround a third of the way in we finally get into some cases and the narrative takes off A lot of Black s work revolves around disaster victim identification or DVI She has gone all around the world to help return those killed in war or disaster to their loved ones from Kosovo to Thailand As you can guess she sees the aftermath of horrific events and the stories are uite touching as well as possibly triggering fair warning I love that she talks about the cognitive and emotional difficulties of the job and the strategies she uses for her own mental healthLuckily not every case is heartbreaking in the here and now Black was on a BBC show where along with a team of fellow scientists they examined remains of people who lived hundreds of years ago in an effort to figure out who they were and how they died She speaks of the interesting people she meets as part of her work in a university anatomy department and delicate but not awful experiences like giving a potential full body donor a tour of the cadaver lab in use And there are some stories from court including the surreal experience of giving testimony and having no idea what to expect from either the prosecution or the defenseI admire the work that Black has done over the years from teaching to disaster response from the BBC show to founding an anatomy lab She also gets love because she shouts out the interpreters her team worked in with Kosovo and recognizes to the mental and emotional toll of communicating the words of those who have been through such horrorsBut when it comes down to it the book is split into two parts memoir and philosophy in the first 100 pages and your standard forensic nonfiction in the rest The accounts of her parents deaths can be skipped over completely with no loss so I wonder why they re given so many pages in the first placeThe last two thirds make for a solid but not outstanding addition to a shelf about death Just know that you can gloss over the aforementioned sections and you won t miss a thing Thanks to Arcade and Edelweiss for providing a review copy

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All That Remains A Life in Death

Free read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ð Sue Black All That Remains A Life in Death Free download ½ 9 Sue Black ð 9 Read T or natural disaster In All that Remains she reveals the many faces of death she has come to know using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed and what her work has taught her Do we expect a book about death to be sad Macabre Sue’s book. I m not going to lie but this book made my spine tingle profusely A book based on the matter of death probably shouldn t excite and intrigue a being as much as it has but that day earlier this year when I bought this book in Waterstones I had my Mum with me at the time and although we have similar tastes she has been known to raise that right eyebrow at some of mineSue Black had me hooked from the first page and hell that woman can write Black writes truthfully and sometimes painfully but it all has a profound impact on the reader and that is what has made this an amazing read Does death frighten me No but I can t say I m ready to throw in the towel just yetBlack is a Forensic Anthropologist and a professor at Dundee University and is obviously an expert in her work and it is clear that she holds a passion for what she does It fascinates me and I m always hungry for information on this subject but when push comes to shove I don t think I could do that kind of work day in day out It takes a certain individual I think which is the same with many professionsSue Black has been involved with scenes of mass fatalities and identifying people along with the causes of their death What surprises me is that she can walk into an area where there are many fatalities including women and children who have been through needless suffering but she is scared shitless of rats Even the toughest of individuals are only human Black recalls her life and how she came into the profession and here we learn about her parents and her Father s suffering with what we know today as dementia The way in which she described this time in her life had of an impact on me that I had expected I lost my Nan to dementia and it was a long painful five years that she endured it until she died peacefully in hospital next to my Mum I can definitely relate to that pain It is a dreadful disease Black seems to enjoy the dead than the living and investigating mutilated limbs is her icing on the cake She likes a challenge and appears to have never turned one down and to me she is an inspiration She is able to give people peace especially when it is a murder enuiry and the family wish to know what events unfolded at that time That takes a certain skill and that is admirable I m so glad that I got around to reading this difficult but powerful read and I would definitely recommend it as I think it might surprise people at just how interesting death and all the science surrounding it actually is

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Free read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ð Sue Black All That Remains A Life in Death Free download ½ 9 Sue Black ð 9 Read Sue Black confronts death every day As Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology she focuses on mortal remains in her lab at burial sites at scenes of violence murder and criminal dismemberment and when investigating mass fatalities due to war acciden. A few years ago I saw that Desert Island Discs was interviewing Sue Black Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Pathology at the University of Dundee I read a lot of crime fiction I ve watched Bones and Silent Witness I knew this was definitely going to be my cup of tea I urge you all to listen if you can The programme was even fascinating than I could have imagined and helped me discover about both the process of identifying human remains and what kind of person it takes to do it This book expands on much of what was in that interview as well as adding details about her life work and the cases in which she s been involved It s a mish mash of history science memoir police investigations cold cases natural disasters education and inventionnot to mention some handy tips for would be murderers erwriters about procedure For example dismembering a body in certain ways cases too much leakage making it harder to move and there really is a best way to remove a human head And don t forget about the smell if you try to hide body parts in your cupboard or beneath your driveway yes she s seen this Since the bathtub is well sized for a human body people usually use it to cut up their inconveniently sized dead so Scene of Crime officers start their search there as a matter of course Apparently it s hard to cut upsaw through a corpse without scratching the bath surface and it s very difficult to clean all the necessary drainage parts Sadly she didn t suggest better alternatives but I have these snippets of advice mentally shelved in case I ever need them Which I won t obviously Some parts of the book are discussed with relative humour and she has a knack for particularly apt descriptions of body parts and fluids that you might not want to read around dinner time Or any time One particular story about accidentally getting something in her mouth during an autopsy was enough to make me put the book down for a solid five minutes But i m a hardy sort and it was too interesting to set aside for long Her no nonsense practicality towards death and the human corpse gives the whole book a grounding that lifts it out of some kind of macabre show into a very necessary and frank discussion about what happens when we re dead whether that be by fair or foul means Other parts of the book have an altogether different tone Though she always emphasises how imperative it is for those who work with the dead to show the proper respect there s an added gravity in her tone when talking about the victims of atrocities in Kosovo How can it be otherwise when you meet a man who lost 11 members of his family to an RPG including 8 children one a baby and struggled to find pieces of their bodies to bury while bleeding out from being shot by a sniper himself Her time there as part of a team investigating war crimes clearly had a significant effect on her as a person and that really comes across in the text It s hard to read so how can we even imagine how it must be to experience Both for those who suffered through it and those like Professor Black who had to give these unidentified bodies their identities back and find the evidence necessary to prosecute the offenders It s just another example of how incredibly important her work isMy only criticism about the book is that I wanted of it There s so much in here that I felt Professor Black only touched the surface of what she could show and teach us and I really hope she wants to write for the public sometime soonARC via NetgalleyAnyone interested in her writing or interviews see her page below