The Great Stink

The Great Stink

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It is 1855, and engineer William May has returned home to his beloved wife from the battlefields of the Crimea. He secures a job transforming London's sewer system and begins to lay his ghosts to rest. Above ground, his work is increasingly compromised by corruption, and cholera epidemics threaten the city. But it is only when the peace of the tunnels is shattered by murder that William loses his tenuous hold on sanity. Implicated in the crime, plagued by visions and nightmares, even he is not sure of his innocence. Long Arm Tom, who scavenges for valuables in the subterranean world of the sewers and cares for nothing and no one but his dog, Lady, is William's only hope of salvation. Will he bring the truth to light?
With extraordinarily vivid characters and unflinching prose that recall Year of Wonders and The Dress Lodger, The Great Stink marks the debut of an outstandingly talented writer in the tradition of the best historical novelists.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 356 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 703.06g
  • United States
  • English
  • Us.
  • 0151011613
  • 9780151011612
  • 1,832,456

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"Clare Clark writes with the eyes of a historian and the soul of a novelist. "The Great Stink" is a compelling journey through the dark and mysterious underworld of Victorian London."--Amanda Foreman, author of "Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire"

"Its world is so lovingly evoked and its plot so gripping that it can only have been born of a consuming passion. To read "The Great Stink" is to experience that most exquisite of bookish pleasures: total immersion."--"Time Out London"

"Clark transforms the network of underground tunnels, through which the capital disposed of its waste, into a phantasmagoric dreamscape . . . An impressive debut." - The Times Literary Supplement
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1,222 ratings
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5 17% (202)
4 36% (444)
3 33% (403)
2 10% (122)
1 4% (51)
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