Down Among the Dead Men: A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician

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“Thankfully Williams’s reminiscence does more than delight in the creepy and the ghoulish; it breathes life into the mortuary workers themselves.” —The Brooklyn Rail
 
Michelle Williams is young and attractive, with close family ties, a busy social life . . . and an unusual occupation. When she impulsively applies to be a mortuary technician and is offered the position, she has no idea that her decision to accept will be one of the most momentous of her life. “What I didn’t realize then, she writes, “was that I was about to start one of the most amazing jobs you can do.”
 
To Williams, life in the mortuary is neither grim nor frightening. She introduces readers to a host of unique characters: pathologists (many eccentric, some utterly crazy), undertakers, and the man from the coroner’s office who sings to her every morning. No two days are alike, and while Williams’s sensitivity to the dead never wavers, her tales from the crypt range from mischievous to downright shocking. Readers wont forget the fitness fanatic run over while doing nighttime push-ups on the road, the man so large he had to be carted in via refrigerated truck, or the guide dog who led his owner onto railway tracks—and left him there. The indomitable Williams never bats an eye, even as she is confronted—daily—with situations that would leave the rest of us speechless.
 
“This entertaining memoir chronicles the author’s first year on the job, which sees her learning how to perform a postmortem, determine cause of death, and deal with grieving relatives and shady undertakers (among a lot of other things) . . . Not your run-of-the-mill occupational memoir, but definitely an interesting one.” —Booklist
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Michelle Williams began her career with Britain’s National Health Service more than fifteen years ago as a health care assistant for people with learning disabilities and challenging behavior in community homes. She trained as an anatomical pathology technician at Cheltenham General Hospital, where she is now the mortuary manager. She lives in Cheltenham, in the United Kingdom.
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Catapult
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Published on
Aug 10, 2010
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Pages
274
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ISBN
9781593763886
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Language
English
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Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
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