Sue Black & Richard Shepherd

Professor Sue Black and
Dr Richard Shepherd

Forensic Stories: Written in Blood and Bone

Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival Online 2020
Broadcast Date
Sunday 6 September

A forensic anthropologist and a forensic pathologist – both eminent and highly articulate – make up a double bill to discuss their books.

Author of the bestseller All That Remains, Sue joined us at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival in 2018 to talk about that superb account of her career. Earlier, at the 2011 festival she had combined with Val McDermid when they compared fictional and factual pathology and discussed what wonderful vehicles corpses could be for storytelling. Sue’s new book Written in Bone takes the story a stage further as she unpacks the secrets hidden in our skeletons, from our big toe to the tiny bones in our ears. We used to think that memory was stored only in our brains, but it turns out that our bones have hidden stories to tell, many of them very surprising.

Richard Shepherd’s Unnatural Causes: The Life and Many Deaths of Britain’s Top Forensic Pathologist recounts the gory details of dealing with death for 25 years. The silent witnesses on the post-mortem slab have given evidence in court that has turned criminal cases inside out. Richard has remarkable tales to tell, some moving, some amusing, all of them fascinating.

Sue and Richard will talk to Lee Randall.

Sue Black photo credit: Morgan Silk Wired © The Conde Nast Publications Ltd

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