Written in Bone

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Our bones are the silent witnesses to the lives we lead. 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 toe, via the teeth, spine, chest, arms, hands, pelvis, and legs, she delicately reverse engineers events, piecing together the evidence in our remains to discover the details of lives once lived. All that we eat, where we go, everything we do leaves a trace, a message that waits patiently in our bones for the forensic anthropologist to decipher it. Some of this information is easily understood, some holds its secrets tight and needs scientific cajoling to be released. Sue Black’s ‘Written in Bone’ will astonish and amaze as it unravels with intimate sensitivity and compassion the inside story of what we leave behind.

ISBN: 9781529176605 Author: Black, Sue M. Publisher: Penguin Books Publication Date: 3rd February 2022 Imprint: Penguin Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 614.17 (edition:23) Pages: 359 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category:

‘Gripping from the start, Written in Bone is superb’ – Dr Richard Shepherd, author of Unnatural Causes
‘No Scientist communicates better than Sue Black’ – Val McDermid, author of Still Life
‘Macabre, authoritative and fascinating.’ The Sunday Times

From the Sunday Times Bestselling author of All That Remains, Sue Black reveals the secrets hidden deep within our bones.

Drawing upon her years of research and a wealth of remarkable experience, the world-renowned forensic anthropologist Professor 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 – Sue Black reconstructs with intimate sensitivity and compassion the hidden stories in what we leave behind.

Praise for Sue Black:

‘Fascinating’ – The Times
Gripping’ – Guardian
‘Moving’ – Scotsman
‘Engrossing’ – Financial Times

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