Secular shelf life It is 1910. The snow is falling thickly, preventing Dr. Fellowes from attending Sibyl Todd who is in labour with her third child. The baby is delivered dead with the cord around its neck. Secular Shelf Life Sarah Allen LIFE AFTER LIFEBy Kate AtkinsonDoubleday. 477 pages. £18.99ISBN 978 0 385 618 670 subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.