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  • Written in Bone

  • Hidden Stories in What We Leave Behind
  • By: Professor Sue Black
  • Narrated by: Professor Sue Black
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)

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Our bones are the silent witnesses to the lives we lead. Our stories are marbled into their marrow.

Drawing upon her years of research and a wealth of remarkable experience, the world-renowned forensic anthropologist Dame Sue Black takes us on a journey of revelation. From skull to feet, via the face, spine, chest, arms, hands, pelvis and legs, she shows that each part of us has a tale to tell. What we eat, where we go, everything we do leaves a trace, a message that waits patiently for months, years, sometimes centuries, until a forensic anthropologist is called upon to decipher it. 

Some of this information is easily understood, some holds its secrets tight and needs scientific cajoling to be released. But by carefully piecing together the evidence, the facts of a life can be rebuilt. Limb by limb, case by case - some criminal, some historical, some unaccountably bizarre - Dame Sue Black reconstructs with intimate sensitivity and compassion the hidden stories in what we leave behind.

©2020 Professor Sue Black (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Fascinating and enlightening

I love Prof Dame Black’s books and enjoyed this all the more as read to me by the author herself. So captivating to listen to the enormous wealth of case studies she draws from to illustrate each element of the content. What an amazing person.

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An interesting introduction to human anatomy

A down-to-earth and entertaining look at human anatomy, told with humour, knowledge and sensitivity by Professor Black. Easy to follow, even for those new to anatomy. Highly recommended!

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Beautifully written and completely accessible.

This is the second book by the forensic anthropologist, Professor Dame Sue Black. Her mixture of memories and information is captivating. As she talks you are transported into working life and cases which are interesting and show what a range of situations that call for her skills.

The reminisces always treat the persons remains with obvious care and respect. They aren't retold for shock value or amusement but as way to explore another part of her profession.

I have been recommending both the audiobook and the book to people as I feel they would enjoy the book as much as I do.

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fantastic ,interesting,well written!!

glued from start to finish, attention to detail written so well and told by Sue which is even better,brilliant would highly recommend!

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A truly brilliant tour of the skeleton

A wonderful, interesting, heartfelt, intriguing book. Wonderfully read by the author. Prof Sue Black is an inspiration

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Intriguing review of the human body

Delightful and intriguing book, full of interesting facts about the human skeleton. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in human biology, or in writing crime fiction.

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Very interesting

I found this completely enthralling. Anyone with an interest in forensics, anthropology and crime scenes should read it

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fascinating but not for the squeamish

Brilliantly constructed and told. Can't say it was an easy listen as the terrible inhumanity of some forms part of the story. It is truly fascinating and Sue Black comes over as a great storyteller and extraordinary scientist.

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Bare Bones Revealed

An interesting follow up from Sue as we travel around the skeleton gaining insight on the similarities and differences between the female and male skeletons and identity determining differences held within. As before her easy style of discussing a complex technical subject renders it accessible to a wide audience and is easily followed. Her asides and anecdotes from her extensive career ‘flesh out’ the subject and her depth of experience and skill show through. Well worth a listen!

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So informative

Excellent books and so well read, information given clearly whatever your level of medical knowledge.