Author Caitlin Doughty found her graduate degree of Mediaeval Studies limited help in the job market, so embarked on a career in the funeral parlour/cremation industry. This was an interest that had its origins in witnessing the accidental death of a young child, when the author herself was quite young.
The book gives all the behind-the-scenes details about which so many of us know little or nothing. Although the tone is not morbid, and indeed the book at times is quite funny, I can imagine that anyone inclined to be squeamish about the subject may be revolted by some descriptions. However, Doughty's main aim is to reduce the squeamishness and to bring the subject out into the open.
Some of the latter parts of the book dwell too much on her own personal circumstances, which is not to say I didn't find those parts interesting, just that perhaps they may have been less relevant than they ought to have been.
Four solid stars.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1810 KB
- Print Length: 273 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (16 April 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O45B8DK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 2,029 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)