A wonderfully quixotic, charming and surprisingly uplifting travelogue which sees Jack Cooke, author of the much-loved The Treeclimbers Guide, drive around the British Isles in a clapped-out forty-year old hearse in search of famous – and not so famous – tombs, graves and burial sites.
Along the way, he launches a daredevil trespass into Highgate Cemetery at night, stumbles across the remains of the Welsh Druid who popularised cremation and has time to sit and ponder the imponderables at the graveside of the Lady of Hoy, an 18th century suicide victim whose body was kept in near condition by the bog in which she was buried. A truly unique, beautifully written and wonderfully imagined book.
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So you say you have an interest in old cemeteries, places that people ane time have forgotten? Then, boy, do I have the book for you. Cooke is also fascinated by the cities of the dead, so he sets off to explore the cemeteries, tombs and burial places across Britain. And what better way to travel than in a hearse? When you need a place to sleep for the night, there’s plenty of room for a snooze in the back. This is a fascinating book and Cooke is a magnificent guide to these too often forgotten and overlooked places.