The Great Stink by Clare Clark

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Clare Clark’s critically acclaimed The Great Stink “reeks of talent” (The Washington Post Book World) as it vividly brings to life the dark and mysterious underworld of Victorian London. Set in 1855, it tells the story of William May, an engineer who has returned home to London from the horrors of the Crimean War. When he secures a job trans­forming the city’s sewer system, he believes that he will be able to find salvation in the subterranean world beneath the city. But the peace of the tunnels is shattered by a murder, and William is implicated as the killer. Could he truly have committed the crime? How will he bring the truth above-ground?   With richly atmospheric prose, The Great Stink combines fact and fiction to transport readers into London’s putrid past, and marks the debut of a remarkably talented writer in the tradition of the very best historical novelists.   This e-book includes a sample chapter of BEAUTIFUL LIES.

About Clare Clark

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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.
Published October 2, 2006 by Mariner Books. 374 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Excrement happens in this impressively researched first novel, which earned its London author an Orange Fiction Prize nomination.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Great Stink

The New York Times

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Clare Clark's novel is set in London's fetid sewers after the Crimean War.

Sep 25 2005 | Read Full Review of The Great Stink

Publishers Weekly

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Dickens fans should devour British author Clark's debut novel, a gripping and richly atmospheric glimpse into the literal underworld of Victorian England—the labyrinthine London sewer sys

Jun 20 2005 | Read Full Review of The Great Stink

Bookmarks Magazine

in The Great Stink, her debut novel, Clark turns the London sewer system into a character that is as engaging as her humans.

Aug 27 2007 | Read Full Review of The Great Stink

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