A Tomb With a View: The Stories and Glories of Graveyards: Scottish Non-fiction Book of the Year 2021

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A Tomb With a View: The Stories and Glories of Graveyards: Scottish Non-fiction Book of the Year 2021

A Tomb With a View: The Stories and Glories of Graveyards: Scottish Non-fiction Book of the Year 2021

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And even if they did all that, I don’t imagine they would get to hear about how she broke off in the middle of putting the earth around his body with her bare hands to have a cigarette.

They let the most talkative of my guests fall silent, and enjoy that silence, and they all talked to me later about the impression it made on them. I’m delighted to be starting off the blog this year with a review of a book I got for my Christmas and what a brilliant book it was – A Tomb With A View. Such care is taken to resite the remains, to identify them and to then contact living relatives, if any can be found.

Words and numbers inscribed into a stone tell so much history too, of people who left early to miss the rush and those that evaded the walk across the black sands for a long time.

In London’s Highgate, he compares the attention paid to the tombs of people such as Karl Marx and George Elliot, to the privacy of George Michael’s grave, before focusing on the story of the ancient graveyard cedar, so lovingly cared for, but eventually replaced by a young sapling. What is the remarkable truth about Phoebe Hessel, who disguised herself as a man to fight alongside her sweetheart and went on to live in the reigns of five monarchs? My daughter and I felt it was okay to look, to read the inscriptions, having before felt this rather intrusive. Additionally, the idea that a tombstone should also have a death is fascinating because the words become harder to read, and other signs of decay match with the idea of grief fading over time. This book therefore read like a stream of consciousness, in which the author described his experiences at different graveyards however he remembered them, and throwing in some fun facts for good measure.

Another interesting question posed by the author is how far should a cemetery go in bringing money-making schemes in places with the illustrious dead? Yet while I say ‘well-known’ examples, we will not know how these cemeteries will be used in the future, and there is always a chance that stories that are part of our communal history will be forgotten. All of these sorrowful mysteries - and many more - are answered in 'A Tomb with a View', a book for anyone who has ever wandered through a field of crooked headstones and wondered about the lives and deaths of those who lie beneath. If they did, they probably wouldn’t find themselves talking to a woman whose husband had committed suicide while being mentally ill.

He deals, too, with traditions of death and how we remember people, exploring Islamic burials, the natural death movement, the impending crisis as our cemeteries reach bursting point and much more, all with a genuine human curiousity and respect. His curiosity and interest in people shines through; you feel he really does want to know as much as is possible about the lives of the people who are buried in our cemeteries and what befell them.Enter a grave new world of fascination and delight as award-winning journalist Peter Ross uncovers the stories and glories of graveyards. All of these sorrowful mysteries - and many more - are answered in A Tomb with a View, a book for anyone who has ever wandered through a field of crooked headstones and wondered about the lives and deaths of those who lie beneath.



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