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Written in Bone: Hidden Stories in What We Leave Behind

Written in Bone: Hidden Stories in What We Leave Behind by Sue Black DBE FRSE 1951627806 9781951627805
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Winner of the Crime Writers Association ALCS Gold Dagger for Nonfiction--
A tour through the human skeleton and the secrets our bones reveal, from the author of All That Remains

In her memoir All That Remains, internationally renowned forensic anthropologist and human anatomist Dame Sue Black recounted her life lived eye to eye with the Grim Reaper. During the course of it, she offered a primer on the basics of identifying human remains, plenty of insights into the fascinating processes of death, and a sober, compassionate understanding of its inescapable presence in our existence, all leavened with her wicked sense of humor.

In her new book, Sue Black builds on the first, taking us on a guided tour of the human skeleton and explaining how each persons life history is revealed in their bones, which she calls "the last sentinels of our mortal life to bear witness to the way we lived it." Her narrative follows the skeleton from the top of the skull to the small bones in the foot. Each step of the journey includes an explanation of the biology--how the bone is formed in a persons development, how it changes as we age, the secrets it may hold--and is illustrated with anecdotes from the authors career helping solve crimes and identifying human remains, whether recent or historical. Written in Bone is full of entertaining stories that read like scenes from a true-life CSI drama, infused with humor and no-nonsense practicality about the realities of corpses and death.

Author: Sue Black DBE FRSE

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: Arcade

Publication Date: 2021-06-01

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