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The Art of Dying (Way of All Flesh 2) - Ambrose Parry

The Art of Dying (Way of All Flesh 2) - Ambrose Parry

Title: The Art of Dying

Author:  Ambrose Parry

ISBN:  9781786896698

Weight:  985 g

Stamped and double signed first edition, first printing



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The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry

There’s a fine line between kill and cure.

Edinburgh, 1849.  Despite Edinburgh being at the forefront of modern medicine, hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless.  But it is not just the deaths that dismay the esteemed Dr James Simpson.  A whispering campaign seeks to blame him for the death of a patient in suspicious circumstances.

Simpson’s protégé Will Raven and former housemaid Sarah Fisher are determined to clear their patron’s name.  But with Raven battling against the dark side of his own nature, and Sarah endeavouring to expand her own medical knowledge beyond what society deems acceptable for a woman, the pair struggle to understand the cause of the deaths.

Will and Sarah must unite and plunge into Edinburgh’s deadliest streets to clear Simpson’s name.  But soon they discover that the true cause of these deaths has evaded suspicion purely because it is so unthinkable.

Peer & Press Reviews

Offers more of the alluring combination of crime fiction and historical fact seen in last year’s The Way of All Flesh…  The reader may need a tiny dose of chloroform to relax after all of these thrills…  For any reader in need of a swift-acting tonic, I prescribe picking up this thriller as soon as possible

Scotland on Sunday

Dark and visceral, gritty and charming, with a twisting plot and compelling characters – not least, Victorian Edinburgh at her deadliest.  The immersive world of Ambrose Parry just gets better and better.

Jess Kidd, author of Things in Jars

Gleeful, romping…  The fog and stench of Edinburgh’s Old Town definitely jump off the page…  The central relationship between loveable rogue Raven and proto-feminist Fisher is the beating heart of The Art of Dying.  Both characters are drawn with real empathy and nuance, and their complicated feelings for each other drive the book as much as the smart storylines.  A great piece of storytelling.

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Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Art of Dying
Author (is the pseudonym for a collaboration between author Chris Brookmyre and Dr Marisa Haetzman)
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Series Way of All Flesh – book 2
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page: signature of Chris Brookmyre at the top of the page and initial(s) of Marisa Haetzman [above Canongate logo] at the bottom of the page.
Stamped The half title page has 2 stamps.  The first is the Ex Libris stamp of J. Y. Simpson, which includes a stylised image of the Rod of Asclepius.  The second is the stamped ‘signature’ of Ambrose Parry.
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes McIlvanney Prize 2020 – shortlist
Book Stats
Publisher Canongate Books
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781786896698
ISBN 10 1786896699
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 406
Size (h x w x d) 242 x 161 x 38mm
Image and Design Credits
Authors photograph Alan Trotter
Jacket design Rafaela Romaya
Endpapers Map of Edinburgh, 1849, reproduced with permission of the National Library of Scotland

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