This is an outstanding book, brilliantly researched, that captures your interest from start to finish.
On the morning of 16th October 1834 staff at the Houses of Parliament started to dispose wooden tallies that had built up over many centuries by burning them in the the building's heating furnaces. The dry wood, explains Caroline Shenton, would have burned quicker and hotter that the coals usually burned in the furnaces. Within hours the building was aflame, the fire boosted by the flammability of many of the materials used in the building.
Shenton takes us through an hour by hour account of the fire. The events are grippingly described. What impressed me especially was the interesting background information that Shenton includes throughout, making this book a wonderful choice for anyone interested in British history.