Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem
'Fascinating. Mudlarks are river scavengers, but Lara Maiklem is more like a time traveller' GuardianMudlark (/'mAdla;k/) noun A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbourLara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for nearly twenty years, in pursuit of the objects the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hairpins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys. What began as a search for solitude came to reveal the story of a city, its people and their lost ways of life.
*The No. 2 Sunday Times bestseller and the BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, now with full colour images*'Enchanting . .
. I am quite tempted to join Maiklem on the riverbed looking for treasure' Sunday Times'No one has looked at these odd corners since Sherlock Holmes' Sunday Telegraph'A quirky and delightful read, wonderfully evocative of London's gloopy, ghost-haunted river' Daily Mail'Reveals to us the fascinating and poignant micro-world of London's history' Hallie Rubenhold, Baillie Gifford Prize-winning author of The Five