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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There, a dusty, lawyer reads a will (involving some millions of pounds) to an equally sinister family one member of which has were wolf tendencies, another wanders around in a toga of Julius Caesar and a third member is a gentle old lady who plants more than seeds in her flower beds. Although Ross's book appears to be a guide to visiting graveyards, its focus often turns toward the people who work in graveyards: gravediggers, tour guides, historians, and even memorial artists. 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. Whether with a ton of earth above us or an hour and a half at 900C in the incinerator, all our stories come to an end sometime.

I chose it because I found the title intriguing and because graveyards and tombs have a strange sense of wonder and fascination for many people.

Thanks to Peter Ross's glorious book, I now know that I was - and still am, and forever shall be - a taphophile. Death has been banished to a certain extent, gone are the days when the children in villages would want to see the recently deceased and all trooping up to the bedroom to pay those last respects.

Ma la vera delusione è stata col capitolo dedicato ad Highgate, il più famoso dei 7 cimiteri vittoriani di Londra. Back in England, he investigates what happened to conscientious objectors killed in wartime and travels around northern France with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This book has opened up the social history that can be found, it's not just a place where the dead lay under the soil. I learned that women are usually referred to as "the wife of" or the "mother of" instead of by name like men out of respect.Ross makes a likeably idiosyncratic guide and one finishes the book feeling strangely optimistic about the inevitable. But it is especially delightful to encounter peaceful green spaces full of wildlife and intriguing personal histories. It spoke to me of a way of doing things that felt less rigid and pompous and was for the living as much as the dead.



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