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

Peter Ross

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Social & cultural history, Sociology & anthropology, Sociology: death & dying, Travel writing

Orwell Prize-nominated journalist Peter Ross uncovers the stories and glories of graveyards.

**WINNER OF THE SCOTTISH NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2021** **A FINANCIAL TIMES, I PAPER AND STYLIST BOOK OF THE YEAR** 'In his absorbing book about the lost and the gone, Peter Ross takes us from Flanders Fields to Milltown to Kensal Green, to melancholy islands and surprisingly lively ossuaries . . . a considered and moving book on the timely subject of how the dead are remembered, and how they go on working below the surface of our lives.' - Hilary Mantel

'Ross is a wonderfully evocative writer, deftly capturing a sense of place and history, while bringing a deep humanity to his subject. He has written a delightful book.' - The Guardian

'The pages burst with life and anecdote while also examining our relationship with remembrance.' - Financial Times (best travel books of 2020)

'Among the year's most surprising "sleeper" successes is A Tomb with a View. 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 Sunday Times

'Fascinating . . . Ross makes a likeably idiosyncratic guide and one finishes the book feeling strangely optimistic about the inevitable.' - The Observer 'Ross has written [a] lively elegy to Britain's best burial grounds.' - Evening Standard (*Best New Books of Autumn 2020*)

'One of the non-fiction books of the year.' - The i paper (*2020 Best Books for Christmas*)

'Brilliant.' - Stylist (*Best Christmas books for Christmas 2020*)

'Never has a book about death been so full of life. James Joyce and Charles Dickens would've loved it - a book that reveals much gravity in the humour and many stories in the graveyard. It also reveals Peter Ross to be among the best non-fiction writers in the country.' - Andrew O'Hagan

'His stories are always a joy.'
- Ian Rankin 'I'm a card-carrying admirer of Peter Ross.' - Robert Macfarlane 'A startling, delight-filled tour of graveyards and the people who love them, dazzlingly told.' - Denise Mina 'A phenomenal, lyrical, beautiful book.' - Frank Turner

'A walk through the graveyards of Britain guided by one of the most engaging wordsmiths willing to take you by the hand.' - The Big Issue (*Best Books 2020*)

'A celebration of life and of love. It confronts our universal fate but tends towards a comforting embrace of mortality. It is also imbued with something deeply moving.' - The Herald

'Beautifully written and strangely life affirming.' - Norman Bl

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

  • Peter Ross' new book is quite literally, as Scots like to say, pure dead brilliant - The Big Issue

  • An informative, playful work stuffed full of memorable stories - The i Paper

  • It is not too fanciful to talk of the soul of A Tomb With A View. It is replete with stories but it echoes with something profound. - The Herald

  • The pages burst with life and anecdote while also examining our relationship with remembrance. - Financial Times

  • Peter Ross makes a fine contribution to the library of books about "being planted". . . I have nothing but admiration for his way to winkle out a story from the living as well as paying homage to the dead - The Scotsman s Scottish Books of the Year

  • Scottish journalist Ross's meander around graveyards raises profound questions about the way in which we mourn - I News - Christmas Gift Guide 2020

  • A brilliant buy - Stylist

  • Everyday humanity, an acknowledgement of how life continues in the presence of the dead. . . is writ large in A Tomb with a View, in Ross's encounters with tour guides, local historians, a gardener, a stonecutter, even a recent widow. - Prospect

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Peter Ross

Peter Ross is an Orwell journalism fellow. His writing has appeared in national newspapers and magazines in the UK and US. His most recent work, A Tomb With A View: The Stories & Glories of Graveyards, won the non-fiction prize at Scotland's National Book Awards. He is also author of the collections Daunderlust and The Passion Of Harry Bingo. He lives in Glasgow.

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