Vigor Mortis

Vigor Mortis

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Vigor Mortis lobs a grenade at the idea that death is taboo. It reveals the new approach to death with a lively and provocative analysis of how and why death is reverting from the private to public domain. This is a social change as significant as the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Death is out of the closet. Mourners (and the deceased if they buy a 'pre-plan service'), now have an unprecedented range of coffins and funeral styles to choose from. This extraordinary cultural phenomenon has gone largely unremarked, despite the fact that death is now such a prominent theme in advertising and contemporary art; death sells. 'To a journalist's instinct for gathering facts, Ms.Berridge adds a scholarship that gives them meaning and a writer's ear for what rings true. On matters mortuarial, last things, the way we live and die and grieve and carry on, Vigor Mortis is the business' - Thomas Lynch
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 235g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1861974116
  • 9781861974112

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Brilliantly odd and sympathetically clever -- Lucinda Lambton * The Spectator * Full of fascinating and unexpectedly lively stuff * The New Statesman * Vigor Mortis glitters with ideas and insights * The Guardian *
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About Kate Berridge

Kate Berridge is a brilliant young journalist who has written for all the national broadsheets, Vogue, Harpers & Queen and many other glossy magazines. This is her first book. She has made her own funeral video and keeps a skeleton by her desk instead of wearing a watch...
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