Listen free for 30 days

Written in Bone

Hidden Stories in What We Leave Behind
Narrated by: Professor Sue Black
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

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

What listeners say about Written in Bone

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    14
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    12
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    13
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A truly brilliant tour of the skeleton

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