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The Great Stink Hardcover – 13 Oct 2005

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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (13 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151011613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151011612
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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It is 1855, and engineer William May has returned home to London and his beloved wife from the horrors of the Crimean War. When he secures a job transforming the city's sewer system, he believes it will prove his salvation, as, in the subterranean world beneath the city, he begins to lay his ghosts to rest. But when the peace of the tunnels is shattered by a violent murder William loses his tenuous hold on his sanity. Implicated in the crime, plagued by nightmares and visions, he is no longer sure: Could he truly have committed it?
Long Arm Tom is a tosher who scavenges for anything of value in the old sewers, always accompanied by his beloved dog Lady. It is this business that brings him into contact with "The Captain," a wealthy businessman with a weakness for gambling who asks Tom to use his knowledge of London's underworld for an even less savory purpose. But Tom is also William's only hope of salvation. Will he help William bring the truth aboveground?
With richly atmospheric prose of almost visceral power, The Great Stink transports us behind (and below) the glittering facades of Victorian England. Seamlessly combining fact with fiction, it marks the debut of an outstandingly talented writer in the tradition of the very best of historical novelists.
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