A walk through the graveyards of Britain guided by one of the most engaging wordsmiths willing to take you by the hand.
Fascinating . . . Ross makes a likeably idiosyncratic guide and one finishes the book feeling strangely optimistic about the inevitable.
I have nothing but admiration for his way to winkle out a story from the living as well as paying homage to the dead.
Ross has written [a] lively elegy to Britain's best burial grounds.
It is not too fanciful to talk of the soul of A Tomb With A View. It is replete with stories but it echoes with something profound.
The pages burst with life and anecdote while also examining our relationship with remembrance.
Beautifully written and strangely life affirming.
Scottish journalist Ross's meander around graveyards raises profound questions about the way in which we mourn
A brilliant buy
Peter Ross makes a fine contribution to the library of books about "being planted". . . I have nothing but admiration for his way to winkle out a story from the living as well as paying homage to the dead
Everyday humanity, an acknowledgement of how life continues in the presence of the dead. . . is writ large in A Tomb with a View, in Ross's encounters with tour guides, local historians, a gardener, a stonecutter, even a recent widow.
Ross's book is an engaging ramble among the gravestones and burial plots of Britain and Ireland
Among the year's most surprising "sleeper" successes is A Tomb with a View, Peter Ross's critically acclaimed ode to "the stories and glories of graveyards". In a year with so much death, it may have initially seemed a hard sell, but the author's humanity has instead acted as a beacon of light in the darkness.
Never has a book about death been so full of life. James Joyce and Charles Dickens would've loved it - a book that reveals much gravity in the humour and many stories in the graveyard. It also reveals Peter Ross to be among the best non-fiction writers in the country.
Absorbing . . . considered and moving.
A startling, delight-filled tour of graveyards and the people who love them, dazzlingly told.
I'm a card-carrying admirer of Peter Ross.
His stories are always a joy.
An evocative and uplifting exploration of cemeteries, where every headstone has a story to tell. . . Ross is a wonderfully evocative writer, deftly capturing a sense of place and history, while bringing a deep humanity to his subject. He has written a delightful book.
Ross' development into a sensitive and empathetic observer of social ritual has culminated in this treasure