Unnatural Causes
Dr Richard Shepherd

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Narrated By: Richard Shepherd

Duration: 11 hours and 46 minutes

What to expect

Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd, in the true crime book of the year - brought to you by Penguin.

'The dead do not hide the truth and they never lie. Through me the dead can speak . . .'

He solves the mysteries of unexplained or sudden death.
He has performed over 23,000 autopsies, including investigating some of the most high-profile cases of recent times; the Hungerford Massacre, the Princess Diana inquiry, and 9/11.
He has faced serial killers, natural disasters, 'perfect murders' and freak accidents.
His evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent, and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.
Yet all this has come at a huge personal cost.

Written and narrated by Dr Richard Shepherd, Unnatural Causes tells the story of not only the cases and bodies that have haunted him the most, but also how to live a life steeped in death.

'Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpel' Guardian

'Fascinating, gruesome yet engrossing' Richard and Judy, Daily Express

'Fascinating, insightful, candid, compassionate' Obersver


Memoirs, Autobiography: science, technology & medicine, Medical diagnosis, Forensic science, Criminal or forensic psychology, Forensic medicine, True crime, Medical profession, Sociology: death & dying, Pathology, Popular science

Listen to a sample

Fascinating, gruesome yet engrossing

Richard and Judy, Daily Express

Must read

Daily Mail

The true crime book of the year; a thoughtful, revealing, chilling and bizarre record of an extraordinary life and profession

Visit Norwich

A brilliantly written and compelling account of a medical detective who has worked on many appalling crimes and human tragedies

Woman's Weekly

Darkly fascinating

Daily Mirror

His experiences, from morgue to court, are sometimes gruesome, always gripping

Sunday Mirror

Heart-wrenchingly honest

Professor Sue Black, author of All That Remains

This book holds within its pages the story of a life told with honesty, and this is partly why it is such a pleasure to read. A fascinating autobiography. Unputdownable.

Live Ribble Valley

Fabulous . . . The UK's top pathologist investigating high-profile deaths such as that of Diana, Princess of Wales

The Sunday Post

He recounts experiences in a gripping memoir that melds the personal and professional

The People

A deeply mesmerising memoir of forensic pathology. Human and fascinating

Nigella Lawson

Must Read

Daily Mail

Partly an autobiography, but also a love letter to pathology. It's dignified and graceful and painfully honest about the human and emotional cost of so much time with the dead. Insightful, moving and mesmerising

Marylebone Journal

Unnatural Causes gives a sense of the toll that dealing with so many dead bodies takes. It's a very human book that looks at the cases he has been involved with, from the Hungerford massacre to the murder of Stephen Lawrence

The Times (Books of the Year, 2018)

Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpel


An unputdownable record of an extraordinary life

100 sizzling summer books, Daily Mail

A unique insight into a remarkable profession

The Times

One of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time. Engrossing, a haunting page-turner. A book I could not put down

The Times

Insightful, candid and compassionate