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All the Living and the Dead : An Exploration of the People Who Make Death Their Life's Work - Hayley Campbell

All the Living and the Dead

An Exploration of the People Who Make Death Their Life's Work

By: Hayley Campbell

Paperback | 2 May 2023

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'A superlative piece of writing... provocative, loving and profound' The Times

'Without exaggeration, an awe-inspiring achievement' Nigella Lawson

'Moving, funny, and liable to unexpectedly cause me to tear up' Neil Gaiman

An Irish Times Book of the Year


In this profoundly moving and remarkable book, journalist Hayley Campbell explores society's attitudes towards death, and the impact on those who work with it every day. 'If the reason we're outsourcing this burden is because it's too much for us,' she asks, 'how do they deal with it?' Would facing death directly make us fear it less?

Inspired by her own childhood fascination with the subject, she meets embalmers and a former death row executioner, mass fatality investigators and a bereavement midwife. She talks to gravediggers who have already dug their own graves and questions a man whose job it is to make crime scenes disappear. Through Campbell's incisive and candid interviews with people who see death every day, she asks: Does seeing death change you as a person? And are we all missing something vital by letting death remain hidden?

'Essential, compassionate, honest' Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

'Never macabre... poignant... Transformative' Financial Times


About the Author

Hayley Campbell is an author, broadcaster and journalist. She writes for the likes of WIRED, Guardian, New Statesman, BuzzFeed and Empire, and hosts the Unpopped! podcast for BBC Sounds and the Must Watch podcast on BBC Radio 5 Live. She was born in England, moved to Australia for twenty years, and now lives in London.

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