A Tomb With a View: The Stories and Glories of Graveyards: Scottish Non-fiction Book of the Year 2021

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A Tomb With a View: The Stories and Glories of Graveyards: Scottish Non-fiction Book of the Year 2021

A Tomb With a View: The Stories and Glories of Graveyards: Scottish Non-fiction Book of the Year 2021

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Ritual is important to those with faith too, and Ross spends time with a Muslim funeral director who has to collect a prepare a body for burial the following day so the soul can move on. But let’s face it, once you’ve stood in front of their lichened graves and read the inscriptions, unless you’re writing a biography, what else is there to say? Words and numbers inscribed into a stone tell so much history too, of people who left early to miss the rush and those that evaded the walk across the black sands for a long time.

Ross takes us from Flanders Fields to the Victorian garden cemeteries to the divided cemeteries of Belfast and strange ossuaries in Rothwell and Hythe. I chose it because I found the title intriguing and because graveyards and tombs have a strange sense of wonder and fascination for many people. As a morose teenager who lived next door to a sprawling Victorian graveyard, the lyrics spoke to me.p>Read about how we’ll protect and use your data in our Privacy Notice. When able, I now have many more graveyards to visit across the country and I know because of Ross' book my appreciation will have new depths. A Tomb With a View: the stories and glories of graveyards is the first book I am writing about that is actually concerned with cemeteries. It seems only natural that the award-winning journalist and author of Daunderlust and The Passion of Harry Bingo would use this enthusiasm to create a volume such as A Tomb With a View. The oldest one is the Glendalough monastic site, but Dublin's Glasnevin and Edinburgh's Greyfriars are the most notable ones I touristed upon.

In a year with so much death, it may have initially seemed a hard sell, but the author’s humanity has instead acted as a beacon of light in the darkness. The anecdotes were interesting, but they were buried (pun not intended) underneath heaps of often unnecessary details. Before getting into my thoughts about the book, every time I go to a new city or town, I do love to take strolls in the cemetery or cemeteries because I find most to be relaxing.This was usually not evenly done, so you’d sometimes read a brief mention about someone but then move on and suddenly read lots of pages about another person. There are touching stories too, a love story of a couple who lived for 80 years and had 12 children and who died within hours of each other; one could not exist without the other. It is as real and varied as wandering the graves yourself, daring you to think of your own mortality and how you might choose to be remembered.

p>The data controller is Headline Publishing Group Limited. His curiosity and interest in people shines through; you feel he really does want to know as much as is possible about the lives of the people who are buried in our cemeteries and what befell them.But to keep ourselves on our toes, we have a rule that author gender is alternated, girl-boy-girl-boy, and the continents always rotated (with occasional glitches).

We did pubs and nice little towns like Rye and good food and some Great Houses, but what every time surprised them most was the visit to an English countryside graveyard.

A quick Google would have corrected that for him but he clearly didn't bother putting the effort in, and that, in a nutshell, is what a lot of the book felt like. Mr Ross tells stories that are not just moving, inspiring and respectful, but show that while graveyards may hold the dead, they hold a record of the living, and preserve the story of a community in a very special and unique way. James Joyce and Charles Dickens would’ve loved it – a book that reveals much gravity in the humour and many stories in the graveyard. But empathy gets you the whole story, the kind of story Ross heard from that woman in Devon and which is echoed throughout this engaging book, filled as it is with life, and loss, and love.



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