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Our bones are the silent witnesses to the lives we lead. Our stories are marbled into their marrow.

Drawing upon her years of research and a wealth of remarkable experience, the world-renowned forensic anthropologist Dame Sue Black takes us on a journey of revelation. From skull to feet, via the face, spine, chest, arms, hands, pelvis and legs, she shows that each part of us has a tale to tell. What we eat, where we go, everything we do leaves a trace, a message that waits patiently for months, years, sometimes centuries, until a forensic anthropologist is called upon to decipher it. 

Some of this information is easily understood, some holds its secrets tight and needs scientific cajoling to be released. But by carefully piecing together the evidence, the facts of a life can be rebuilt. Limb by limb, case by case - some criminal, some historical, some unaccountably bizarre - Dame Sue Black reconstructs with intimate sensitivity and compassion the hidden stories in what we leave behind.

©2020 Professor Sue Black (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Rachel Mace
  • 23-09-2020

An interesting introduction to human anatomy

A down-to-earth and entertaining look at human anatomy, told with humour, knowledge and sensitivity by Professor Black. Easy to follow, even for those new to anatomy. Highly recommended!

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  • Louise Drayton
  • 22-09-2020

Fascinating and enlightening

I love Prof Dame Black’s books and enjoyed this all the more as read to me by the author herself. So captivating to listen to the enormous wealth of case studies she draws from to illustrate each element of the content. What an amazing person.

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  • catherine
  • 20-09-2020

Beautifully written and completely accessible.

This is the second book by the forensic anthropologist, Professor Dame Sue Black. Her mixture of memories and information is captivating. As she talks you are transported into working life and cases which are interesting and show what a range of situations that call for her skills. The reminisces always treat the persons remains with obvious care and respect. They aren't retold for shock value or amusement but as way to explore another part of her profession. I have been recommending both the audiobook and the book to people as I feel they would enjoy the book as much as I do.

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  • gemma
  • 19-09-2020

fantastic ,interesting,well written!!

glued from start to finish, attention to detail written so well and told by Sue which is even better,brilliant would highly recommend!

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  • Lisa
  • 07-09-2020

A truly brilliant tour of the skeleton

A wonderful, interesting, heartfelt, intriguing book. Wonderfully read by the author. Prof Sue Black is an inspiration

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  • Ian Smith
  • 08-10-2020

Intriguing review of the human body

Delightful and intriguing book, full of interesting facts about the human skeleton. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in human biology, or in writing crime fiction.

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  • Claire
  • 10-01-2021

Fascinating

I thoroughly enjoyed Sue’s previous book ‘ All that Remains’ and was immediately keen to read this. This book is slightly different as she takes you through the skeleton so I was apprehensive that this would seem very textbook like for someone who isn’t that interested in anatomy apart from the basics. However, I needn’t have worried. Everything Sue says is so interesting in how our bones can tell us about ourselves as well as tying each area of the skeleton back into a fascinating case that she has worked on. I was riveted all the way through and if you are in two minds about purchasing this book - do it! You won’t be disappointed!!

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  • Lindsay
  • 09-01-2021

An amazing book... what else is there to say!

Scintillating, moving, challenging and heartfelt. Sue Black is an incredible woman and this is a fantastic read! Feel almost sad to have finished the book so quickly.

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  • Jackie
  • 17-12-2020

I need another one 💀

Dr Shepherds ‘unnatural causes’ brought me onto All that Remains & Written in Bone. I enjoyed them so much and I’m in awe of the stories and perspectives of Sue. I’m so glad I got the audio version as she has talked me through dog walks and many nodding off to sleeps. I just wish I could have one of the famous coffee and cakes mentioned in this book and hear even more!

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  • OliverP
  • 16-12-2020

What an amazing life confirming book

What an amazing life confirming book on discovering a life in death. Prof Sue Black is a great story teller. She takes the complex and turns it in to apage turner that any crime writer would be proud of. Professional, knowledgeable and beautifully human with a love of life. She blows you away with her clarity and integrity. She would be welcome at my house for a cup of tea anytime. Who knew forensic anthropology would be so interesting? There is something very reassuring about a world with Prof Sue Black in it. An amazing must read.

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