Thursday, July 05, 2018

All That Remains - Sue Black

What a great read - I felt sad when it ended, and could have carried on for many more chapters, as I am sure the author has had to edit down many of the stories that she carries around her.  Sue Black is the Professor of  Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at Dundee University and she talks us through both her own life and shares her knowledge about death. 

Not only is she involved with prominent cases in the UK, she also goes to Kosovo to help identify many of the victims killed during the war there, and it is hard not to be moved to tears when she talks about the brutal way adults and children were killed and butchered.  She also goes to Thailand after the devastating 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in the Indian Ocean.  It is hard to imagine the terrible conditions that they were working in and she brings a sense of humanity and compassion to the stories of the victims.

Although sometimes challenging to read, I felt I learnt something in each chapter and it will certainly be one of my top reads for 2018. 5/5

1 comment:

John Bellen said...

Forensic anthropology strikes me as very interesting, but I think I would have too much sympathy for the people I was working on to want to disturb them any further. It's good that people can do that, however.