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, 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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'A tale that literally reeks with atmosphere' -- Guardian
‘All the elements of a brisk Gothic thriller’ -- Observer
‘Gripping... to read The Great Stink is to experience that most exquisite of bookish pleasures: total immersion' -- Time Out
‘Harrowing’ -- Literary Review
‘Reminiscent of late Dickens at his most brooding. One of the best British novels of 2005’ -- Literary Review
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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