The Unofficial Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife


Tuck in your bandages, adjust your death mask and join Bastet on her insightful tour of the Ancient Egyptian afterlife.

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Bastet the cat, Sophie Berger


A light-hearted, but nonetheless informative insight into the fascinating beliefs and traditions of Ancient Egypt. Striking collage illustrations by Laura Winstone bring a freshness of tone to a subject matter that might be ancient, but never grows old.

“Hello my newly dead friends. Gather round. My name is Bastet and I’m going to be your tour guide to the afterlife. Please make sure your bandages don’t trail as we walk along.”

Bastet is a mummified cat who is here to take you on a journey through the mystical death rituals of Ancient Egypt. Starting with some routine disembowelment and mummification, she explains about the role of the coffins, the separation of your soul, the importance of amulets and the various types of Egyptian tombs. Together, you will cross the river Styx and face the gods in one final judgement – the weighing of the heart. Bastet will make sure you have everything you need in the afterlife, because, it turns out, you can take it with you after all!

Additional information

Weight 500 g
Dimensions 23.6 x 29.6 cm
Publisher name Cicada Books Ltd
Publication date 26 July 2022
Number of pages 32
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Laura Winstone
Dimensions 23.6 x 29.6 cm
Weight 500 g


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Sophie Berger is a blogger and writer. She is the author of Bartholomew and the Morning Monsters (Cicada, 2020).

Norwich based illustrator, Laura Winstone is a recent graduate of the CSABI degree in Children's Book Illustration. She uses a combination of digital imagery, hand drawing and collage textures to create distinctive imagery that is full of warmth and humour.