- Humour & Gift
In the long run, we’re all dead. But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure.
The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated and even filed away in a lawyer’s office. Their fingers, teeth, toes, arms, legs, skulls, hearts, lungs and nether regions have embarked on voyages that criss-cross the globe and stretch the imagination.
Counterfeiters tried to steal Lincoln’s corpse. Einstein’s brain went on a cross-country road trip. And after Lord Horatio Nelson perished at Trafalgar, his sailors submerged him in brandy – which they drank.
From Mozart to Hitler, Rest in Pieces connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses, and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes towards death.
‘Deliciously morbid and delightfully macabre, Rest in Pieces is required reading for those of us who intend, one day, to die’
Ben Schott, author of Schott’s Original Miscellany
‘A historically beguiling, stranger-than-fiction compendium’
‘If really, we’re all sitting in the undertaker’s waiting room, then Rest in Pieces is the perfect easy read, preparation for the moment when the nurse steps out of the shadows and quietly calls your name’
Simon Winchester, bestselling author of Skulls and The Professor and the Madman