Professor Sue Black is known the world over for her work as a forensic anthropologist and anatomist. From uncovering war crimes in Kosovo to identifying bodies in the Indian Ocean tsunami, she’s painstakingly returned bodies to their loved ones, often years after they disappeared. Sue has also spent countless hours developing a ground-breaking technique to identify paedophiles by vein patterns, and has been at the forefront of her field for decades.

From serial killer to natural disaster, ‘perfect murder’ to freak accident, Dr Shepherd takes nothing for granted in the pursuit of truth. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through skill, dedication and insight, he has to get to the truth, to answer the most pressing question: how did this person die?

Dr Shepherd has been involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent times, but it’s often the lesser-known encounters that prove the most perplexing, intriguing and even bizarre. In or out of the public eye, his evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.

How do these extraordinary people manage to separate work and the rest of their life – and what happens when those lines blur?

We’re delighted to bring both Sue and Richard to Winter Words for a very special event where they will discuss their lives, their work and some of the extraordinary cases they’ve covered in their long careers.

There will be a Q&A session as part of this event and a book-signing afterwards.

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