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Richard Roper is a non-fiction editor at Headline, where he nourishes his love of comedy working with authors such as James Acaster, Joel Dommett, Andrew O’Neill and Frank Turner. Richard’s debut novel Something to Live For was inspired by an article about people whose job it is to follow up after someone has died alone. They sift through the ephemera of those who've slipped through the cracks, searching for clues to a next of kin. Council workers are under no obligation to attend the funerals. Yet they do, just to make sure at least somebody is there.