Phosphate Rocks

A Death in Ten Objects

During the demolition of a factory, a shocking discovery is made: a mummified corpse encased in a carapace of hardened dust – phosphate rock – surrounded by ten objects that provide tantalising clues as to its identity.

Phosphate Rocks: A Death in Ten Objects unravels the mystery using a mix of real life anecdote, scientific explanation, and a touch of fiction, woven together to create a vivid account of the life and decline of a factory over five decades.

Leith Docks, Edinburgh – the site of the Fertiliser Factory

Sandstone Press has acquired World English rights to Phosphate Rocks: A Death in Ten Objects by author and engineer Fiona Erskine, with publication scheduled for summer 2021.