Unnatural Causes – with Dr Richard Shepherd
Dr Richard Shepherd is the UK’s foremost forensic pathologist, working on some of the most high-profile cases of the past 30 years such as Harold Shipman and Stephen Lawrence. Unnatural Causes is the true crime book of the year; a thoughtful, revealing, chilling and bizarre record of an extraordinary life and profession.
‘An absolutely brilliant book’ – Jeremy Vine
‘An absolutely brilliant book. I really recommend it, I don’t often say that but it’s fascinating’ – Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2
‘One of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time. Engrossing, a haunting page-turner. A book I could not put down’ – The Times
Richard Shepherd was born in West London but grew up in Watford. At the local grammar school he was introduced to a medical textbook smuggled into the classroom by a friend which opened his eyes to the world of crime and murder, setting him on a lifelong quest to understand death in its many forms. He trained as a doctor at St George’s Hospital medical school at Hyde Park Corner, qualifying in 1977 and then completed his postgraduate training as a forensic pathologist in 1987. He immediately joined what was then the elite forensic department at Guy’s Hospital. He has been involved nationally and internationally in the forensic investigation of thousands of deaths from unnatural causes, from headline-making murders to mass natural disasters, and many sudden and unexplained deaths that his investigations showed were from natural causes or due to accidents. His skills and expertise still remain in demand around the world.
Included in The Times Books of the Year 2018
Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd.
He solves the mysteries of unexplained or sudden death.
He’s a detective in his own right.
And he has one, ultimate and pressing question to answer:
How did this person die?
Unnatural Causes is an unputdownable record of an extraordinary life, a unique insight into a remarkable profession, and above all a powerful and reassuring testament to lives cut short. Find out more
‘The man who has performed 23,000 post-mortems’ – (BBC News, 2018)
‘…it wasn’t a particular incident that left him immobilised by dread, struggling with sleep and plagued by panic attacks. Instead, it was the gradual accumulation of stress from 30 years confronting violence and the grave, the steady buildup of emotional damage from putting 23,000 dead bodies under the knife.’ – Richard Lea, The Guardian
‘The forensic pathologist who got PTSD’ – (The Guardian, 2018)
Podcast: Inside the Mind of a Forensic Pathologist – (BBC World Service, 2018)
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