A real-life silent witness from one of Britain's foremost forensic pathologists.
Richard Shepherd was born in West London but grew up in Watford. At
the local grammar school he was introduced to a medical textbook
smuggled into the classroom by a friend which opened his eyes to
the world of crime and murder, setting him on a lifelong quest to
understand death in its many forms. He trained as a doctor at St
George's Hospital medical school at Hyde Park Corner, qualifying in
1977 and then completed his postgraduate training as a forensic
pathologist in 1987. He immediately joined what was then the elite
forensic department at Guy's Hospital.
He has been involved nationally and internationally in the forensic investigation of thousands of deaths from unnatural causes, from headline-making murders to mass natural disasters, and many sudden and unexplained deaths that his investigations showed were from natural causes or due to accidents. His skills and expertise still remain in demand around the world.
Unnatural Causes gives a sense of the toll that dealing with so
many dead bodies takes. It's a very human book that looks at the
cases he has been involved with, from the Hungerford massacre to
the murder of Stephen Lawrence
*The Times (Books of the Year, 2018)*
An unputdownable record of an extraordinary life
*100 sizzling summer books, Daily Mail*
One of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time. Engrossing, a haunting page-turner. A book I could not put down
Fabulous . . . The UK's top pathologist investigating high-profile deaths such as that of Diana, Princess of Wales
*The Sunday Post*
Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpel
Insightful, candid and compassionate
Fascinating, gruesome yet engrossing
*Richard and Judy, Daily Express*
*Professor Sue Black, author of All That Remains*
A deeply mesmerising memoir of forensic pathology. Human and fascinating
Partly an autobiography, but also a love letter to pathology. It's dignified and graceful and painfully honest about the human and emotional cost of so much time with the dead. Insightful, moving and mesmerising
This book holds within its pages the story of a life told with honesty, and this is partly why it is such a pleasure to read. A fascinating autobiography. Unputdownable.
*Live Ribble Valley*
A unique insight into a remarkable profession
His experiences, from morgue to court, are sometimes gruesome, always gripping
The true crime book of the year; a thoughtful, revealing, chilling and bizarre record of an extraordinary life and profession
He recounts experiences in a gripping memoir that melds the personal and professional
A brilliantly written and compelling account of a medical detective who has worked on many appalling crimes and human tragedies
Medical science books are rarely as gripping as Unnatural Causes. It's grimly fascinating, and I suspect I'll read it at least twice.