Amberley Publishing, £14.99
Charlotte Golledge’s book takes us on a tour of the burial places of Edinburgh. For each cemetery, she provides a small precis of its history, and then delves into the lives of some of the famous people buried within it – and, in some cases, highlights more everyday burials, including the small grave of an infant whose surviving twin added a new headstone after discovering her burial place several decades later.
While not every burial location in the city is highlighted, as she chooses to focus on those of more historical importance, Golledge does provide a full list in the back of the book for those who are interested, along with a complete list of all notable burials.
Overall, this book provides a good outline of Edinburgh’s graveyards that will leave readers eager to search out some of these hidden finds. A map, however, would have been immensely useful. Not only would it help give a sense of where the cemeteries are located in relation to each other, but also in relation to monuments around the city.