A Tomb With a View: The Stories and Glories of Graveyards
'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 Herald
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 . . .