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A Tomb With a View: The Stories and Glories of Graveyards: Scottish Non-fiction Book of the Year 2021

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A secular place, with slate stones for markers, it is a place of calm and beauty where the bodies of those gone are put into the earth to become part of it. It feels in no way a particularly sad book, though at times moving, meditative, celebratory , odd and very human.

When able, I now have many more graveyards to visit across the country and I know because of Ross' book my appreciation will have new depths. While she was excellent, and had an answer to even the most random question, nothing will top the disco in the chapel that marked the end of the evening. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.Enter a grave new world of fascination and delight as award-winning journalist Peter Ross uncovers the stories and glories of Britain's best graveyards.

a considered and moving book on the timely subject of how the dead are remembered and how they go on working below the surface of our lives. Having mass in places that juxtaposed the living and the dead were thought to be mutually beneficial. By the third act, there are more corpses than live members left in the cast and what about the sympathetic nurse and the author of romantic novels are they all, or more than, they seem to be?

In these spots were buried those the Catholic Church would not allow to be buried in consecrated ground such as unbaptised infants, women who died in childbirth, and those who had taken their own lives. The chapters seem to be divided by elements on graveyards, like an ankh or angels, but then other chapters had titles like ‘Peter’ (to discuss the live and grave of this Peter) and ‘Skulls’ (to discuss a church with an ossuary). Also, and just a personal annoyance, he misattributes what is probably the most famous words ever uttered by Mary Queen of Scots ('in my end is my beginning') to a T.

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.

When he proved to be neither illuminating nor amusing, he was sent away to the countryside – where he does at least seem to have been fairly content. He includes examples of both the barbaric past (the witch’s grave in Torry Bay) and the barbaric present (the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, the shooting of Lyra McKee in Belfast). Firstly, it is obviously a place to bury the dead, but many cemeteries are filled to capacity and since burial in the UK is in perpetuity, spaces are running out. Ross takes us from Flanders Fields to the Victorian garden cemeteries to the divided cemeteries of Belfast and strange ossuaries in Rothwell and Hythe.

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