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A Tomb With a View

A Tomb With a View

‘In his absorbing book about the lost and the gone, Peter Ross takes us from Flanders Fields to Milltown to Kensal Green, to melancholy islands and surprisingly lively ossuaries . . . 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.’ – Hilary Mantel

‘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.’
– Andrew O’Hagan

‘His stories are always a joy’
– Ian Rankin

‘I’m a card-carrying admirer of Peter Ross’
– Robert Macfarlane

‘A startling, delight-filled tour of graveyards and the people who love them, dazzlingly told.’
– Denise Mina

‘A phenomenal, lyrical, beautiful book.’ – Frank Turner

‘Fascinating . . . Ross makes a likeably idiosyncratic guide and one finishes the book feeling strangely optimistic about the inevitable.’ – The Observer

Ross has written [a] lively elegy to Britain’s best burial grounds.’ Evening Standard (*Best New Books of Autumn 2020*)

‘An informative, playful work stuffed full of memorable stories’ – The i paper (*2020 Autumn Best Books Pick*)

Peter Ross’ new book is quite literally, as Scots like to say, pure dead brilliant. – The Big Issue

‘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.’ – The Hearld


For readers of The Salt Path, Mudlarking, Ghostland, Kathleen Jamie and Robert Macfarlane.

Enter a grave new world of fascination and delight as award-winning writer Peter Ross uncovers the stories and glories of graveyards. Who are London’s outcast dead and why is David Bowie their guardian angel? What is the remarkable truth about Phoebe Hessel, who disguised herself as a man to fight alongside her sweetheart, and went on to live in the reigns of five monarchs? Why is a Bristol cemetery the perfect wedding venue for goths?

All of these sorrowful mysteries – and many more – are answered in A Tomb With A View, a book for anyone who has ever wandered through a field of crooked headstones and wondered about the lives and deaths of those who lie beneath.

So push open the rusting gate, push back the ivy, and take a look inside…
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Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Sociology & Anthropology

On Sale: 3rd September 2020

Price: £20

ISBN-13: 9781472267795

Reviews

A startling, delight-filled tour of graveyards and the people who love them, dazzlingly told.
Denise Mina
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.
Andrew O'Hagan
His stories are always a joy.
Ian Rankin
I'm a card-carrying admirer of Peter Ross.
Robert Macfarlane
A phenomenal, lyrical, beautiful book
Frank Turner
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.
Hilary Mantel
Peter Ross' new book is quite literally, as Scots like to say, pure dead brilliant
The Big Issue
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
Of Books and Coffee
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.
Watson Fothergill Walk
Fascinating . . . Ross makes a likeably idiosyncratic guide and one finishes the book feeling strangely optimistic about the inevitable.
The Observer
I have nothing but admiration for his way to winkle out a story from the living as well as paying homage to the dead.
The Scotsman
Ross has written [a] lively elegy to Britain's best burial grounds.
Evening Standard
I have nothing but admiration for his way to winkle out a story from the living as well as paying homage to the dead
Scotland on Sunday
An informative, playful work stuffed full of memorable stories
The i Paper
A Tomb with a View... is beautifully written, full of humanity and his great stories are told with understated flair.
Live and Deadly
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
The Snack Magazine
[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.
The Herald
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 Herald
Ross has brought an evocative touch
Press and Journal
Funny and warm-hearted
BBC History Magazine
a lively experience
Strong Words

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