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So Far So What!-bookcover

By: Julian M. Watson

So Far So What!

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In the engrossing memoir So Far So What!, Julian M. Watson takes readers on an unforgettable journey into the world of funeral directing, offering a candid and often humorous look at his experiences from 1976 to 1988. From his hesitant beginnings as a 26-year-old thrust into the family business to the poignant moments shared with grieving families, Watson’s narrative is both heartfelt and entertaining. As the great-great-grandson of the founder, he finds himself navigating the streets of ‘Ackney’ in a Rolls-Royce hearse, encountering challenges that range from comical to deeply moving.

Through Watson’s eyes, we witness the delicate balance between reverence for the departed and the practicalities of the trade. Whether he’s learning to drive a hearse with minimal instruction or facing the grim reality of a long-deceased body awaiting removal, each chapter is filled with moments that will linger in the reader’s mind long after the book is closed.

With a keen eye for detail and a sharp wit, Watson paints a vivid portrait of life beside the grave, introducing us to a colourful cast of characters who populate his world. From his diminutive yet wise Uncle Bob to the eccentric colleagues who share his profession, each person adds depth and dimension to the narrative, offering insights into the complexities of human nature and the bonds that unite us in both life and death.

So Far So What! is more than just a memoir—it’s a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of laughter to illuminate even the darkest of times. Whether you’re a seasoned funeral director or simply curious about the inner workings of the industry, this book is sure to captivate and inspire. Join Julian M. Watson on a journey you won’t soon forget, and discover the extraordinary stories that lie within the world of undertakers.

Julian M. Watson was raised in a Cambridgeshire village and moved to Hampshire at 11 years of age. After leaving school he worked various jobs, computing, engineering at sea and on land, generally earning good money and having fun until his father decided that he should get a “steady” job. So he took on the job as rookie undertaker earning less than a quarter of his previous pay.

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