RHLSTP | Richard Herring

Evie King

3 March 2023

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Richard talks to Evie King (if that is her real name) about her new book about her council job of organising funerals for people who don't have the means to pay for them. It's a surprisingly affecting story about a woman doing a job you've never thought about, much more fastidiously and empathetically than is required and a celebration of life and a treatise on death, as well as being full of intrigue, mystery and humour. They discuss why murderers haven't thought it through, how even those who have done bad things deserve a dignified send off, why you need a strong stomach for this job and how your life can be affected and changed by someone who you never met, who is no longer alive. It's a strong recommend for this excellent book which hopefully will one day be a TV series. But who will play Evie? And who will play the dead suspected paedo? (Yeah, the second question is easier to answer than the first).