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Tales of a Gravedigger


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Tales of a Gravedigger by Ian Shipley
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"Tales" is a fascinating little book of considerable human interest. Ian Shipley's description of the practical, technical and administrative challenges that beset the burial business is an eye-opener, especially if your first instinct until now has been to keep your eyes tight shut. Few of us know how cemeteries are managed, or how they work. Few of us realise the care and preperation that is needed for this part of a funeral to take place without incident, and the possible calamities that can occur. Bad weather, tree roots, faulty measurements and even slamming of car doors can cause a crisis. You will finally put Shipley's book down realising that there exists a dedicated and highly skilled profession of which you were never aware.

Author Biography

The author has been traditionally hand-digging graves for 24 years. For 20 years he worked at Newark cemetery in Nottinghamshire, and was foreman there between 1997-2003. In 2003 he started his own grave-digging business and to date has dug over 2,700 graves. He has dug in over 50 cemeteries and churchyards
Release date NZ
January 1st, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
2nd Revised edition
Stamford House Publishing
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