Patricia Wiltshire - Traces
|Date||Saturday 13th November 2021|
|Doors Open||1:00 PM|
|Venue||The Court Theatre|
TRACES: The memoir of a leading forensic scientist and criminal investigator
'Engrossing, emotionally honest and forensically fascinating' - Dr Richard Shepherd, author of Unnatural Causes
EVERY BODY LEAVES A MARK
In Traces, Professor Patricia Wiltshire will take you on a journey through the fascinating edgeland where nature and crime are intertwined. She'll take you searching for bodies of loved ones - through woodlands and plantations, along hedgerows and field-edges, from ditches to living rooms - solving time since death and how remains were disposed of. She will show you how pollen from a jacket led to a confession and how two pairs of trainers, a car and a garden fork led to the location of a murdered girl. She will give youof her own history: her loves, her losses, and the narrow little valley in Wales where she first woke up to the wonders of the natural world.
From flowers, fungi, tree trunks to walking boots, carpets and corpses' hair, Traces is a fascinating and unique book on life, death, and one's indelible link with nature.
ASTONISHING AND ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING' - LYNDA LA PLANTE
A brilliantly unique book in the tradition of modern nature writing, with echoes of John Lewis-Stempel's The Running Hare and H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.
In Traces, Professor Patricia Wiltshire takes readers on a journey through the fascinating edgeland where nature and crime are intertwined. Searching for bodies of loved ones - through woodlands, along hedgerows, field-edges, and through plantations - solving time since death, and disposal of remains, from ditches to living rooms. She offers glimpses of her own history: her loves, her losses, and the narrow little valley in Wales where she first woke up to the wonders of the natural world.
Pat shows how her work with a microscope reveals tell-tale traces of the world around us, and how these have taken suspects of the darkest criminal activities to court. From flowers, fungi, tree trunks to car pedals, walking boots, carpets, and corpses' hair, Traces is a fascinating, unique, and utterly compelling book on life, death, and one's indelible link with nature.
Patricia Wiltshire is a leading academic in the fields of botany and forensic ecology,with over 40 years of experience. A one-of-a-kind memoir on a truly fascinating career, this book has true crime roots, while also touching on subjects of psychology, geography, and chemistry, as well as the universal themes of nature and mortality.
'There is so much excellent crime, crime scene and laboratory detail in this
engrossing book, but also warmth and emotion, which combined with Pat'simmense forensic academic work, meant that I found Traces very difficult indeed toput down. It's truly forensically fascinating (even for someone in the field!) whilealso being emotionally honest and challenging at times. Pat is really to becongratulated for an excellent and engrossing book.'
Dr Richard Shepherd,author of Unnatural Causes
'This is a fascinating combination of a moving and human personal story with areal insight into the value of a lesser known area of forensic science. In telling herstory Pat makes little of her remarkable academic achievements and hercontribution to the Criminal Justice System. An inspiring and interesting read.' Dr Ann Priston, OBE, FCSFS
'Traces is proof that real-life can be more startling than fiction. The insights intothe natural world are every bit as absorbing as the behind-the-scenes details offorensic investigation, while Patricia Wiltshire's own story is as remarkable as anyof the cases she's worked on. Poignant, frank and utterly fascinating.' SimonBeckett, bestselling author
Professor Patricia Wiltshire has worked on over 250 criminal cases across the UK,including some of the highest profile cases of the past 25 years. A leading voice inforensic science, she has worked with every police force in the UK on casesinvolving rape, murder, abduction, neglect, and searching for graves and hiddenremains. She lives in Surrey with her husband David and cat Maudie.