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The great stink of London

Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the cleansing of the Victorian capital

by Stephen Halliday

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Published by Sutton Pub. in Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Bazalgette, Joseph William, -- Sir, -- 1819-1891,
  • Engineers -- England -- Biography,
  • Sewerage -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century

  • Edition Notes

    StatementStephen Halliday ; foreword by Adam Hart-Davis.
    GenreBiography.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsTD140.B39 H35 1999
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxiii, 210 p., [8] p. of plates :
    Number of Pages210
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL13632506M
    ISBN 100750919752
    LC Control Number00501522
    OCLC/WorldCa44094068


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Excrement happens in this impressively researched first novel, which earned its London author an Orange Fiction Prize nomination. It’s a faux-Victorian melodrama, akin to such recent successes as Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White and Sarah Waters’s sets her darkly confrontational story in mids London, where William May, a severely traumatized.

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Standing close to the river was enough to make you retch. It was dubbed the Great Stink but it was no joke. By the s, London was the largest city on the planet, with a rapidly growing population that had already topped million – but it was struggling to provide its citizens with clean water and sanitation.

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