Mudlarking (Paperback)Lara Maiklem (author)
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From Stone Age flints to Georgian clay pipes, Laura Maiklem has dredged up this bounty and more from the Thames in an incredible fifteen year career ‘mudlarking.’ A quixotic and enlightening volume, this record of the river, its contents and the people who abandon their possessions beneath the waves is an absolute joy.
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
Mudlark (/`mAdla;k/) noun A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbour
Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for over fifteen years, in pursuit of the objects that the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hair pins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys.
These objects tell her about London and its lost ways of life. Moving from the river's tidal origins in the west of the city to the point where it meets the sea in the east, Mudlarking is a search for urban solitude and history on the River Thames, what Lara calls `the longest archaeological site in the world'.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'This is a quirky and delightful read, wonderfully evocative of London's gloopy, ghost-haunted river' - The Daily Mail
'A treasure. One of the best books I've read in years' - Tracy Borman
'Reveals to us the fascinating and poignant micro-world of London's history' - Hallie Rubenhold
'Mudlarks are river scavengers, but Lara Maiklem is more like a time traveller. Her prose has none of the self-conscious sensibility that defines contemporary nature writing; her thoughtful sentences read as though she were talking to herself. There is a great deal to learn from these pages, not least the insight that finding lost things is the best way of losing yourself. It is, above all, her wisdom that makes Lara Maiklem such restful company' - The Guardian
'Maiklem persists, in this weirdly engaging book, in seeking out a curious beauty. Maiklem's description of the fog is worthy of Dickens or Joseph Conrad. Maiklem pungently evokes the broken bridges, slippery river stairs, causeways, jetties and boatyards. No one has looked at these odd corners since Sherlock Holmes' - The Sunday Telegraph
'Will make even the most capsized cynic like me feel more sentimental about the Thames. Even river geeks will learn a lot from this book.' - The Sunday Times
'Driven by curiosity, freighted with mystery and tempered by chance, wonders gleam from every page' - Melissa Harrison
'[An] enthralling and evocative history of London and its people' - Bookseller
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