Unnatural Causes: ‘An absolutely brilliant book. I really recommend it, I don’t often say that’ Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2

July 20, 2019 - Comment

THE TRUE CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR ‘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__________ Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd. He

THE TRUE CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘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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Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd.

He solves the mysteries of unexplained or sudden death.

He has performed over 23,000 autopsies, including some of the most high-profile cases of recent times; the Hungerford Massacre, the Princess Diana inquiry, and 9/11.

He has faced serial killers, natural disaster, ‘perfect murders’ and freak accidents.

His evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent, and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.

Yet all this has come at a huge personal cost.

Unnatural Causes tells the story of not only the cases and bodies that have haunted him the most, but also how to live a life steeped in death.

Thoughtful, revealing, chilling and always unputdownable, if you liked All That Remains, War Doctor and This is Going to Hurt you’ll love this.
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Included in The Times Books of the Year 2018

‘A deeply mesmerising memoir of forensic pathology. Human and fascinating’ – Nigella Lawson
‘An absolutely brilliant book. I really recommend it, I don’t often say that but it’s fascinating’ Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2

‘Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpel’ Guardian

‘Fascinating, gruesome yet engrossing’ Richard and Judy, Daily Express

‘Fascinating, insightful, candid, compassionate’ Observer

Comments

Anonymous says:

Excellent, a most surprising page turner I heard about this book when Jeremy Vine interviewed Richard Shepherd on his Radio 2 programme and was blown away by the discussion, so I immediately ordered a copy – what a good decision that was. Knowing very little about forensic pathology – apart from what I’d picked up on BBC TV’s Silent Witness! – this is so well written that it all made perfect sense.When considered from a biographical perspective, about someone I’d never heard of before, it was a fascinating and very touching…

Anonymous says:

A compulsive read This is the endearingly honest biography of a man who has spent his life cutting up dead people to find out how they died. Difficult to read in parts, Doctor Shepherd’s professionalism and his evident passion for his job make this book fascinating rather than macabre.He talks about his more famous cases – Diana, Hungerford, 9/11, ISIS attacks, Shipman – but also about the minutiae of routine deaths. His own struggle to handle the impact of seeing so many terrible things (which…

Anonymous says:

Brilliant Book Having had the pleasure of assisting you with note taking during my time in the police, you have always been a pleasure to work for. Nothing is too much trouble for you. You and your wife are very highly thought of by both myself and former colleagues. I wish you all the best.

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