The author of Moveable Feasts and a regular contributor to London's Financial Times, Sarah Murray never gave much thought to what might ultimately happen to her remains, until her father died. The choices he made about the disposal of his "organic matter" puzzled her, so she set out to discover how death is commemorated in different cultures, and found everything from a Czech chandelier of human bones and a weeping ceremony in Iran to a Philippine village where the casketed dead hang in caves. Her fascinating, poignant, often funny exploration of the ways in which we seek to dignify the dead is also a personal quest for a final send-off of her own.
"Difficult to put down. In less capable hands the subject matter might be morbid or disturbing, but with Murray at the helm, this journey in search of death is full of life."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)