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TALKING STONE

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02 November 2006

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by Lionel Fanthorpe and Richard Pawelko

Gomer Press, £9.99 (1-84323-200-6)

Grave considerations: cemeteries are pageants of the past, say the authors of a book on gravestone inscriptions: they remind us to make the most of our time on earth. Headstones are engraved with riddles, laments, or tales of tragedy and heroism. They remind us of interesting people. The first graves with accessible inscriptions date from 2000 years ago.

Lionel Fanthorpe (pictured right) and Richard Pawelko have focused on Wales, and reproduce many witty or poignant epitaphs. The book, which springs from an ITV1 Wales television series, also looks at cemetery symbols (anchor, book, bee, broken column), the flora and fauna of churchyards, and Welsh funeral folklore.

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