From Mozart to Hitler, Rest in Pieces connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses, and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes towards death.

The moment I saw this beautiful, oddly shaped little book, I knew it had to be read. I didn’t even know 306.9 ‘Institutions relating to death’ was a legitimate shelving number, now I’ll make sure to check there more frequently!


The chapters are set out in an interesting way, like ‘Saints and Sinners’, ‘Lost and Found’ and ‘Collectable Corpses’, with gorgeous illustrations on the cover, as well as customised little gravestones for the different entries. I think it’s worth reading if you’re into weird things like I am!

I thought that I would meander through our catalogue to see if I could find a companion to this quirky tome and I stumbled upon this:


Which, I think you will agree sits alongside Rest in Pieces quite morbidly.

They say that there is someone out there for everyone – I guess the same must be true for books and their readers.

So readers (whoever you may be) enjoy this delightful read, described as:

Appalling, astute and grimly relevant.”  William Leith, The Evening Standard 

Do feel free to let us know whether it lives up to its jolly description; I can’t help thinking it looks like the grown- up version of Horrible Histories!



Why not let us know  in the comments, what strange books you have found on the shelves in your library…