A startling, delight-filled tour of graveyards and the people who love them, dazzlingly told.
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.
His stories are always a joy.
I'm a card-carrying admirer of Peter Ross.
A phenomenal, lyrical, beautiful book
In his absorbing book about the lost and the gone, Peter Ross demolishes some myths: death is not the great leveller, nor are the departed faithful to their resting places. Some corpses are more equal than others, and bones go roving, turning up under the floors of the living; as history goes to work, victims become saints, saints become sinners again. In a survey that takes us from Flanders Fields to Milltown to Kensal Green, to melancholy islands and surprisingly lively ossuaries, Ross shows us how cemeteries are 'gyms for the imagination.' Where the dead and the living meet, stories are generated. But this is much more than a collection of anecdotes, grim and jolly. It is 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.
Peter Ross' new book is quite literally, as Scots like to say, pure dead brilliant
Ross' accounts are compelling, but without losing the empathy and tact. Like a good tour guide... All [are] told with a hint of nostalgia for the forgotten histories. .
Peter Ross traces remarkable lives as well as forgotten ones, and as always with Peter's journalism, personal stories are the heart of what he writes about.
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.
I have nothing but admiration for his way to winkle out a story from the living as well as paying homage to the dead
An informative, playful work stuffed full of memorable stories
A Tomb with a View... is beautifully written, full of humanity and his great stories are told with understated flair.
A Tomb With A View is a book for everyone - one that will make you laugh, cry, think, feel, and reflect on your own life and the lives of others
[a] celebration of life and of love. It confronts our universal fate but tends towards a comforting embrace of mortality. It is also imbued with something deeply moving.