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The Seven Ages of Death

A Forensic Pathologist's Journey Through Life

Richard Shepherd



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31 August 2021
Forensic pathologist and bestselling author of Unnatural Causes, Dr Richard Shepherd, brings his unparalleled honesty and insight to a new book about life and death.

What can death teach us about life?

In his career conducting thousands of post-mortems, Dr Richard Shepherd has examined death at every stage of life. From old to young, murder to misadventure, and from illness to accidental death, each autopsy is its own unique investigation- revealing secrets about life, mortality, and even about himself.

From the author of Unnatural Causes comes a powerful, endlessly fascinating and above all reassuring new book about death - how to understand it, postpone it, and, when our time comes (as it must come), how to embrace it, as our last and greatest adventure.
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9780241472040
ISBN 10:   0241472040
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard Shepherd was born in West London but grew up in Watford. At the local grammar school 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, 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.

Reviews for The Seven Ages of Death: A Forensic Pathologist's Journey Through Life

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 * 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 down * The Times * Heart-wrenchingly honest 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 *

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