All the Living and the Dead

Hayley Campbell


We send all orders via Royal Mail: within the UK, choose from 1st Class, 2nd Class or Special Delivery; for the rest of the world, International Standard or International Tracked. Delivery and packaging charges are calculated automatically at the checkout.

To collect orders in person from the Bookshop, choose Click and Collect at the checkout.

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
16 February 2023
ISBN: 9781526601438
288 pages

From the publisher

'A superlative piece of writing... provocative, loving and profound' THE TIMES
'Without exaggeration, an awe-inspiring achievement' NIGELLA LAWSON

'Moving, funny, and liable to unexpectedly cause me to tear up' NEIL GAIMAN

An Irish Times Book of the Year

In this profoundly moving and remarkable book, journalist Hayley Campbell explores society's attitudes towards death, and the impact on those who work with it every day. 'If the reason we're outsourcing this burden is because it's too much for us,' she asks, 'how do they deal with it?' Would facing death directly make us fear it less?

Inspired by her own childhood fascination with the subject, she meets embalmers and a former death row executioner, mass fatality investigators and a bereavement midwife. She talks to gravediggers who have already dug their own graves and questions a man whose job it is to make crime scenes disappear. Through Campbell's incisive and candid interviews with people who see death every day, she asks: Does seeing death change you as a person? And are we all missing something vital by letting death remain hidden?

'Essential, compassionate, honest' Audrey Niffenegger, author of THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE
'Never macabre... poignant... TransformativeFINANCIAL TIMES