Past Mortems

Past Mortems: Life and death behind mortuary doors

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 06/04/2017
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A day in the life of Carla Valentine - curator, pathology technician and 'death professional' - is not your average day. She spent ten years training and working as an Anatomical Pathology Technologist: where the mortuary slab was her desk, and that day's corpses her task list.

Past Mortems tells Carla's stories of those years, as well as investigating the body alongside our attitudes towards death - shedding light on what the living can learn from dead and the toll the work can take on the living souls who carry it out. Fascinating and insightful, Past Mortems reveals the truth about what happens when the mortuary doors swing shut or the lid of the coffin closes . . .

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780751565324
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 395g
  • Dimensions: 234 x 155 x 23 mm

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Past Mortems
Brilliant book
I am retired now but during my working life I worked, among other jobs, as a theatre nurse. When I was still at school I wanted to be a doctor - but not wo... READ MORE
Past Mortems
Undeniably my favourite book!
Read this book within a week and for a busy college student, thats a statement! Undoubtedly the most enjoyable book I have read. It takes you through not o... READ MORE
Destiny Sedlacek
Past Mortems
It left me in stitches!
A complete and utter delight of a book. I have always had a fascination with death and what happens to your body afterwards, so I couldn't leave this on th... READ MORE
Lucie Morningstar
Past Mortems
Wonderful book!
I have been waiting for a book like this for a really long time and finally it is here! I always say that you can see if the book is good by its cover, so... READ MORE
Karolina Hruskova
Past Mortems
A must read
This book is a page turner and a half. I don't usually read too much non-fiction but this was easy to read and had me smiling all the way through! I know s... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.