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

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

The dead do not hide the truth and they never lie. Through me the dead can speak ...Dr Richard Shepherd is the UK's foremost forensic pathologist, his job to understand the deaths which may have no natural cause. From crime scene to court room, his findings are crucial to the pur... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781405923545
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Published 17 September 2018 by Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Shepherd, Richard
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ISBN-13 9781405923545
ISBN-10 1405923547
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date 17 September 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Shepherd, Richard
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Crime
Forensic Medicine
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 29mm
Weight 481g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Forensic pathology - History - Great Britain, Forensic pathology - Case studies - History - Great Britain
NBS Text True Crime
ONIX Text General/trade;General/trade;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 614.1092
Catalogue Code 937683

Description of this Book

The dead do not hide the truth and they never lie. Through me the dead can speak ...Dr Richard Shepherd is the UK's foremost forensic pathologist, his job to understand the deaths which may have no natural cause. From crime scene to court room, his findings are crucial to the pursuit of justice. His work has seen killers put behind bars, exonerated the innocent, and turned open and shut cases on their heads. Shepherd's obsession with revealing the secrets of the dead is personal. At medical school, while performing his first autopsy, he held the heart of the patient in his hand and thought of his late mother, taken too early by heart disease. He became driven by the challenge of finding the truth, of seeing justice, and by compassion: sometimes for the dead, but always for those they have left behind. Thoughtful, revealing, chilling, sometimes bizarre and always unputdownable, Unnatural Causes is the true crime book of the year.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 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 * Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpel * Guardian * Insightful, candid and compassionate * Observer * Fascinating, gruesome yet engrossing * Richard and Judy, Daily Express * Heart-wrenchingly honest * Professor Sue Black, author of All That Remains *

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Author's Bio

Richard Shepherd was born in West London but grew up in Watford. At the local grammar school he was introduced to a medical textbook smuggled into the classroom by a friend which opened his eyes to the world of crime and murder, setting him on a lifelong quest to understand death in its many forms. He trained as a doctor at St George's Hospital medical school at Hyde Park Corner, qualifying in 1977 and then completed his postgraduate training as a forensic pathologist in 1987. He immediately joined what was then the elite forensic department at Guy's Hospital. He has been involved nationally and internationally in the forensic investigation of thousands of deaths from unnatural causes, from headline-making murders to mass natural disasters, and many sudden and unexplained deaths that his investigations showed were from natural causes or due to accidents. His skills and expertise still remain in demand around the world.

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