William May returns to London after the horrors of the Crimean War. Scarred and fragile though he is, he lands a job at the heart of Bazalgette's transformation of the London sewers. There, in the darkness of the stinking tunnels beneath the rising towers of Victorian London May discovers another side of the city and remembers a disturbing, violent past. And then the corruption of the growing city soon begins to overwhelm him and a violent murder is committed. Will the sewers reveal all and show that the world above ground is even darker and more threatening than the tunnels beneath? Beautifully written, evocative and compelling and with a fantastically vivid cast of characters, Clare Clarke's first book is a rich and suspenseful novel that draws the reader right into Victorian London and into the worlds of its characters desperately attempting to swim the tides of change.
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'Evocative, deeply researched and thoroughly enjoyable...oozes with the stench of humanity and the secret history of subterranean Victorian London' -- Simon Sebag-Montefiore
'Not since Patrick Suskind wrote Perfume has a novelist so effectively made a story reek with atmosphere' -- Publishing New
'Staggeringly evocative...a fine new novelist' -- Margaret Forster
Clare Clark was born in London in 1967. A Senior Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, she graduated with a Double First in History. The Great Stink is her first novel. She is married with two children and lives in London.
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