After studying forensics, Carla Valentine assisted pathologists with post-mortems for years, before eventually becoming the Technical Curator of the world’s most famous pathology museum. She’s been featured in the Independent, Guardian, Telegraph, Stylist and many more. In the autumn of 2016, she performed a televised autopsy for BBC 3’s ‘Obesity –The Post Mortem’.
Her new book, Past Mortems: Life and death behind mortuary doors, charts a day in the life of a ‘death professional’ – and it’s not your average day.
Carla’s signature warmth and humour guide you through the forensic process of treating the deceased as well as shedding light on our past and present attitudes to death. Drawing on both Carla’s own fascinating experiences, as well as the ‘death history’ canon from Philippe Aries to Thomas Lynch, Past Mortems is a privileged insight into the mysterious club to which we all eventually become members.