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    Available in PDF Format | A Life in Death.pdf | English
    Kris Hollington(Author)
WINNER OF THE PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE 2017

“Fascinating. Highly recommended.”
For the Love of Books blog

“I was so absorbed by this book and found it such an easy read that I knocked it over in two days. Venables does a magnificent job of hitting the appropriate tone with a difficult and somewhat unpalatable topic.”
The Bookshelf Gargoyle

“I absolutely loved this book, it is a fabulous insight into what goes on behind the scenes of murders and disasters that result in tragic loss of life.I found it gripping and very interesting.Very well written. A great book.”
Netgalley

“Very interesting. If you ever want to satisfy your macabre curiosity as to how the police identify victims involved in a disaster without getting too much into the science, then this is the book for you. It never lets you forget the sensitivity and the human element of working in a field which deals with tragedy after tragedy. Richard Venables has a unique perspective to deliver an account of how Disaster Victim Identification has progressed from the ’80s to now, as he pretty much invented the process for the UK, and worked on a multitude of national and international disasters.”
Love is a State of Mind blog

“An invaluable insight into the actual workings of Disaster Victim Identification teams, which will pull at every human emotion.An incredible read."
Detective Superintendent Graham Yip (rtd), Merseyside Police.

“Although the subject matter - the police’s response in the face of tragedy - is tough, his story is both fascinating and uplifting, revealing how the human spirit never fails to shine through in the darkest of times.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Rich Kerman (rtd)

“It is a sincere reflection of the fate that can befall some unfortunate people but how those dealing with disasters can make such a tremendous difference by the way their loved ones are cared and treated with respect and dignity… Through his work Richard became a worldwide expert on DVI and is held in the highest esteem by those in the field.”
DR N D Chapman DL, Coroner of Nottinghamshire (rtd) & President of BAHID (British Association of Human Identification)

Detective Inspector Richard Venables (QPM, rtd.) has helped identify thousands of bodies all over the world, piecing together fragments from tsunamis, transport and other disasters to return the victims to their loved ones.

A world-renowned expert in Disaster Victim Identification who was a member of the UK Police’s Major Disaster Advisory Team, Richard’s destiny was shaped in part by his presence as a uniformed sergeant at the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster.

In A Life in Death, Richard tells his extraordinary story, of how death came to be a key feature of his personal as well as professional life, as well as how he coped with the biggest challenge of his life: the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the deadliest event of its kind ever experienced by human civilization, claiming 230,000 lives.

Upon his retirement from the Police in 2006, Richard was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in recognition of his distinguished service. In A Life in Death, Richard takes us behind the scenes of extraordinary events, explaining with compassion and searing honesty the absolute necessity of his work, his life’s passion.

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  • PDF | 262 pages
  • Kris Hollington(Author)
  • Thistle Publishing (16 May 2016)
  • English
  • 4
  • Biography

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  • By Joe Royle on 21 May 2017

    Very interesting insight into a subject that mercifully very few of us will ever have to endure. The efforts of the DVI professionals across the globe should be highly commended for the outstanding work they do on behalf of the bereaved & their families affected by such tragedies. Well done Rich for allowing us into the world you developed over many years. I wish you a very long, happy & successful retirement.

  • By IreneS on 30 August 2017

    Well written bearing in mind it is a difficult subject written by a professional in the field. Many aspects of the book have stayed in my mind as I've heard about the many terrorist attacks and disasters that have happened since I read this last year. It helped me understand the problems encountered when trying to identify victims.

  • By Mr. Stuart J. Pybus on 17 March 2017

    An honest and thought-provoking account of a life dealing with a subject often viewed as Taboo but very much part of life. Excellent read!

  • By Fay Bird on 29 December 2016

    A fascinating and incredible read. Once you start reading you cannot put the book down. Richard Venables remains professional throughout his involvment with DVI and shows respect and empathy to all the victims lost in devastating circunstances. A must read well done.

  • By bill ward on 21 June 2017

    An accurately produced book. Full of interesting detail. REALLY enjoyed it, but for me it is not a 'holiday read' !!!

  • By Kevin D. on 10 April 2017

    Factual and informative read

  • By Guest on 28 May 2016

    This is a remarkable book - I just could not put it down! A truly moving and enlightening insight in to the field of Disaster Victim Identification. I had sometimes wondered who does this work and how it is done - now I know, it is done by ordinary folk with a passion for helping the innocent victims of disaster, treating them and their bereaved families with professionalism, respect and dignity. This is a must read, I am so glad that I bought it - reading it stirred many emotions - I suspect that DI Dick Venables has many more stories in him and I hope he keeps writing!

  • By loveisastateofmind on 25 June 2017

    Rating: ★★★★★One-Sentence Summary: A cop’s life working in the field of Disaster Victim IdentificationReview: This book is not for the fainthearted. There is a lot of talk of dead bodies and quite a bit of talk about dead bodies in conditions you never want to imagine a human being in.However, it is also very interesting. If you ever want to satisfy your macabre curiosity as to how the police identify victims involved in a disaster without getting too much into the science, then this is the book for you. It never lets you forget the sensitivity and the human element of working in a field which deals with tragedy after tragedy.Richard Venables is in a unique perspective to be able to deliver an account of how Disaster Victim Identification has progressed from the ’80s to now as he pretty much invented the process for the UK and worked on a multitude of national and international disasters from some horrific train crashes to the Asian Tsunami and the 7/7 London bombings. He manages to do so without his personal agenda and thoughts against the establishment, which naturally seeps out now and again, taking over the whole book.Share this:

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