Sometimes a book with this amount of “science” is hard to read. Not this one. Professor Black writes as she talks. You can almost hear her soft brogue as you read. Grabs you by the hand and leads you through the science, no problem.
I laughed as I recognised the Scotland we both grew up in, as we are contemporaries. We both went to Aberdeen university at the same time, she to Sciences and I went to Kings College for Arts. I WISH I had known her then.
I actually cried through a few parts of this book, I knew of the conflicts she described - but found tears flowing as her words brought it back to life from the bones of the deceased.
The court cases she describes are so interesting, as are her contributions. There are no embellishments, no extras. It is as if she is there, chatting to you. She is an amazing, yet terribly modest woman.
Sue Black has written an extraordinary book, a memoir, a history, a social commentary, a call to arms of a sort, a woman’s tale of life,love, hard work & sheer bloody determination.
I first “met” Professor Black on the BBC “Cold Case” series ( much loved & how I wish there were more) with her team of brilliant scientists in Dundee University. It was addictive viewing. Not for the slight gore, but for the history they brought alive of the everyday people they investigated, including wonderful facial reconstructions.
The world is a far better place for this lovely lady, and thank you Sue for ALL your work and the love and care you put into everything you do. I’m sorry though, I still can’t help but smile at your Uncle and the Heinz Tomato soup. I, myself, am partial to it and when my time comes, would be quite happy to follow his example.. after half a bowl....
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: DOUBLEDAY UK (30 April 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857524933
- ISBN-13: 978-0857524935
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
- Customer Reviews: 414 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)