The Great Stink

By Clare Clark
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151011612, 368pp.)

Publication Date: October 2005

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Description

It is 1855, and engineer William May has returned home to his beloved wife from the battlefields of the Crimea. He secures a job transforming London's sewer system and begins to lay his ghosts to rest. Above ground, his work is increasingly compromised by corruption, and cholera epidemics threaten the city. But it is only when the peace of the tunnels is shattered by murder that William loses his tenuous hold on sanity. Implicated in the crime, plagued by visions and nightmares, even he is not sure of his innocence. Long Arm Tom, who scavenges for valuables in the subterranean world of the sewers and cares for nothing and no one but his dog, Lady, is William's only hope of salvation. Will he bring the truth to light?

With extraordinarily vivid characters and unflinching prose that recall Year of Wonders and The Dress Lodger, The Great Stink marks the debut of an outstandingly talented writer in the tradition of the best historical novelists.




About the Author

Clare Clark is the author of four novels, including The Great Stink, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize and was named a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and Savage Lands, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2010. Her work has been translated into five languages. She lives in London.




Praise For The Great Stink

PRAISE FOR THE GREAT STINK

"Clare Clark writes with the eyes of a historian and the soul of a novelist. The Great Stink is a compelling journey through the dark and mysterious underworld of Victorian London."--Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

"Its world is so lovingly evoked and its plot so gripping that it can only have been born of a consuming passion. To read The Great Stink is to experience that most exquisite of bookish pleasures: total immersion."--Time Out London

"Clark transforms the network of underground tunnels, through which the capital disposed of its waste, into a phantasmagoric dreamscape . . . An impressive debut." - The Times Literary Supplement


Crisp, assured, and relentlessly pungent. One does not so much read The Great Stink as smell, hear and taste it.

Crisp, assured, and relentlessly pungent. One does not so much read The Great Stink as smell, hear and taste it.

Crisp, assured, and relentlessly pungent. One does not so much read The Great Stink as smell, hear and taste it.

Crisp, assured, and relentlessly pungent. One does not so much read The Great Stink as smell, hear and taste it.

Crisp, assured, and relentlessly pungent. One does not so much read The Great Stink as smell, hear and taste it.

Crisp, assured, and relentlessly pungent. One does not so much read The Great Stink as smell, hear and taste it.

Crisp, assured, and relentlessly pungent. One does not so much read The Great Stink as smell, hear and taste it.

Crisp, assured, and relentlessly pungent. One does not so much read The Great Stink as smell, hear and taste it.

Crisp, assured, and relentlessly pungent. One does not so much read The Great Stink as smell, hear and taste it.

"Recall[s] Robert Louis Stevenson in Mr. Hyde mode. Here''s a talent to watch."



"Recall[s] Robert Louis Stevenson in Mr. Hyde mode. Here''s a talent to watch."

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