Harry Pope

It’s likely that you think of the funeral industry as a sombre one, populated by serious, grey-faced individuals whose days are filled with nothing but sadness and grief… but you couldn’t be further from the truth, as Harry Pope reveals in this hilarious memoir of his time as a funeral director.

Over the course of his career, Harry was involved in more than a few unusual incidents. In his early days, colleagues and eventually mourners broke into laughter as he somehow ended up sliding into a grave with the coffin coming to rest on top of him. Another day saw Harry get the fright of his life when he heard a knocking coming from the rear of the hearse, where no living person should have been. And as for the coffin that he just about prevented from being emptied onto the tarmac at Heathrow Airport… well, you’ll just have to buy the book!

As well as these hilarious anecdotes, Harry introduces us to the hidden and often tragic world of the funeral arranger, with a look at his involvement in disasters such as the Piper Alpha oil rig, the Lockerbie bombing and the sinking of the Herald of Free Enterprise.

With stories that will make you cry with tears of both sadness and laughter, this fascinating read is perfect for a wide and varied audience.

Harry was happily running a risk-free seaside Bed & Breakfast when a good friend approached him. “How do you fancy joining forces on a much larger hotel?” he was asked. So what would YOU do? The two friends and their wives bought a beautiful 28-bedroom hotel by the English seaside… but not all was as it seemed. Their new partner was a Californian businessman who gave the appearance of being wealthy and successful – a large house close to the Pacific Ocean and always travelling first class. But was there substance behind the show? Harry had invested all his savings – he’d gone for broke… literally. But when the cracks starting appearing – in more senses than one – he wondered if he’d ever make it out of the experience with his life intact, let alone his money.


Hotel Secrets takes you through the two years of ups and downs; the trials and tribulations of friends coming to terms with frailties of human nature whilst trying to keep afloat in a cut-throat business world. You’ll get to see the crazy goings-on behind the scenes of hotel ownership in this true-to life version of Fawlty Towers. If you’ve read Harry Pope’s book ‘Buried Secrets’ about his time in the funeral industry, you’ll love this amazing follow-up. Everything within these pages is true, although the names have been changed to protect the innocent…. and the guilty!

Ballygobackwards Castle has more windows in the East Wing ground floor than on the upper. Why? There has to be a reason, with the awful smells coming through the walls. The 400 year old Castle has more secrets to reveal, George is asking the questions, Winter isn’t revealing – yet.