One title on the list:
Necropolis: London and Its DeadRead about the other nine books on Merrill's list.
by Catharine Arnold
From burial mounds to charnel houses, the capital's first crematorium to the black crepe and floral tributes of East End memorials, Catharine Arnold's account of death in London is by turns fascinating, stomach churning and poignant. She is especially good on the endlessly over-the-top Victorian funeral business.
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