Author(s): Andy Dougan
Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, Frankenstein, introduced readers around the world to the concept of raising the dead through scientific procedures. Those who read the book were thrilled by this incredible Gothic adventure. Few, however, realised that Shelley's story had a basis in fact. What she imagined as her modern Prometheus was the serious pursuit of some the greatest minds of the early 19th century. It was a time when scientists genuinely believed, as Frankenstein did, that they could know what it feels like to be God. Raising the Dead looks at the sensational and compelling period of scientific research which may appear to us now to be a scientific curiosity but actually made a significant difference to the lives we live today.
ANDY DOUGAN is the author of the Sunday Times best-seller, Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev, which was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and is the author The Hunting Man and acclaimed biographies of Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, and Martin Scorsese. He is a freelance writer based near Glasgow.