Transworld has bought Living with Death by Professor Dame Sue Black, a book by one of the world’s leading forensic anthropologists.
Susanna Wadeson acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to the book - "an exploration into death from all angles" - from Michael Alcock at Johnson & Alcock, to publish early 2018.
Living with Death covers the painful grieving process after losing a loved one, to murder and criminal cases, the violence of war and natural disasters. Authored by Black, director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, and the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee in Scotland, it takes readers on "a scientific and reflective journey" explaining of the genetic DNA traits that develop before our birth, and those traits we gather in life, all of which add up to an identity that reveals itself in death.
Wadeson said: "In Sue’s hands this subject is as riveting as the best crime novel. Leavened with humour, it is at the same time enriching, reassuring and a parallel celebration of life."
Black said: "As I get closer to my hole in the ground, and as I become more and more familiar with her ways of working, Death causes me less and less concern. I wanted to share some of my thoughts and experiences with others, both from a personal and a professional forensic perspective."
Black’s forensic expertise has contributed to investigations in a number of high-profile criminal cases, including in 1999 when she headed the British Forensic Team’s exhumation of mass graves in Kosovo. She also appeared in BBC Two's "History Cold Case", the documentary "After the Wave: Ten years since the Boxing Day Tsunami", and, in October 2015, was a guest for BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to forensic anthropology.