Reviews

  • "One might expect [this book] to be a grim read but it absolutely isn’t. I found it invigorating!"

    BBC Radio 4 'Start the Week'
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "This fascinating look by a world-leading forensic scientist at what the dead can tell us is a real eye-opener... Sue Black must be one of the most unusual people in Britain… extraordinary…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."

    Sunday Times
  • "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
  • "Poignant and thoughtprovoking… 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