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    • ISBN:9780751565324
    • Publication date:06 Apr 2017
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Past Mortems

Life and death behind mortuary doors

By Carla Valentine

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Let Carla Valentine, mortician and curator - the mistress of death and high queen of the specimen jar - tell the truth about, in her words: 'exactly what happens when the mortuary doors swing shut or the lid of the coffin closes.'

Biographical Notes

Carla Valentine works with the dead: she's your average chick who just happens to know as much about corpses as she does cocktails. After studying forensics, Carla assisted pathologists with post-mortems for years, before eventually becoming the Technical Curator of the world's most famous pathology museum. When it comes to death, she truly is a world-class expert.

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  • ISBN: 9780751565348
  • Publication date: 15 Mar 2018
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: Sphere
A grisly topic, but a glorious read — Mail on Sunday
It is an understatement to say that Valentine is passionate about embracing death . . . Part memoir and part manifesto, Valentine's book lifts the lid on daily life in the mortuary . . . [Valentine] bares her own soul . . . with visceral attention to physical and emotional detail — Wendy Moore, Guardian
a fascinating portrait . . . one seriously intriguing read — Glamour
There are sections of Valentine's writing that fondly brought back my first post-mortem experience. Rather than listening to the pathologist's monologue about coronary arteries, I was mesmerised by the painstaking focus of the APT . . . Valentine succeeds in presenting her trade as a caring one. — Kate Womersley, Spectator
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