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  • This sequel is more ruminative, more meditative . . . Full of sharp observations about what life and death do to the human body

    The Times, A BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • Enlightening, strangely uplifting . . . Shepherd's final chapter on death itself is a meditation of great beauty and light which puts all the darkness of the previous pages into perspective

    Daily Mail
  • Each chapter is like a finely crafted detective story in which he expands on the causes of death as revealed by the post mortem, or the hidden reasons that precipitated it. Some are ordinary, others extraordinary. Shepherd writes beautifully, and despite its subject, the book is very funny in parts

    Daily Telegraph
  • 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
  • Grippingly elegiac yet wonderfully life-affirming, full of pithy observations about the inexorability of death and the marvels of existence

    Felicia Yap, author of Future Perfect, Daily Express
  • 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
  • Gripping, grimly fascinating, and I suspect I'll read it at least twice

    Evening Standard

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