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Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A lyrical and evocative narrative history of London and its people, told through objects found on the banks of the Thames by the city's most prominent mudlark

For thousands of years human beings have been losing their possessions and dumping their rubbish in the River Thames, making it the longest and most varied archaeological site in the world. For those in the know, the
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: August 22nd 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published August 2019)
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Richard
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sampler, first-reads
Review of whole book:
Began 8th July 2019.
Finished 5th August 2019.

What a joy; a pure delight.

This is a book of surprising value and lasting worth.

So wonderfully crafted and written, it covers the range of this peculiar pastime along the Thames from West to East. That is from Tidal Head to Estuary.

You immediately feel comfortable with this author in her hobby, obsession and delight for Mudlarking.
With wit and an open writing style, she opens up her world in a way that you can feel her passion,
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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So apparently I was just given and chapter sample to review, so there really isn't much to say about it. I liked it, and will probably read the entire book at some point.

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Carolyn
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I have seen the Mississippi. That is muddy water. I have seen the Saint Lawrence. That is crystal water. But the Thames is liquid history. John Burns, Liberal MP 1892– 1918"

I am fascinated by anything archeological, but mainly how ordinary people lived as opposed to royalty, so mudlarking has always interested me as it appears that many of the items unearthed are those used by ordinary people at various stages of history. Until reading this book, however, I knew very little about it.

Mudlarking
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George1st
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a little gem of a book this is. A wonderful discovery much like the artifacts and treasures of the past that can be found after being revealed and unmasked by nature at low tide on the foreshore of the tidal Thames. I remember many years ago when working not far from the site of the present Globe Theatre being fascinated by the sight of men (there were never any women) digging and scavenging away on the mud at the river's edge. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and near my present residence I ...more
Sam
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Mudlarking is not a topic I know anything about and my knowledge of the geography and history of the Thames is patchy at best. Fortunately, prior knowledge isn't necessary to enjoy this book.

This isn't forensic study of the art of mudlarking nor is it a dry historical non-fiction. The focus on the daily lives of the people who have lived & worked on or near the Thames for centuries and the changes to the river & life over that time make it feel like a biography of the Thames - a living
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David
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this account of a little understood pastime, with its history of London and personal recollections told through objects found on the banks of the Thames.

In 1929 the Member of Parliament John Burns famously described the river as: “ The St Lawrence is water, the Mississippi is muddy water, but the Thames is liquid history ”. With 2,000 years of human possessions being lost to the Thames there are plenty of artifacts to uncover each with its own story to tell.

Here Lara Maiklem des
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Nora
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review copy received from W.W. Norton through Edelweiss+. This was a great tour of both the Thames and of the history that surrounds it. Maiklem takes care with each stretch of the river and each item to give us a connection to the wider story of London’s past as well as a personal look at the lives of the individuals who owned, worked with, and personalized the items she finds. While her descriptions are lovely, I was really missing photographs and maps throughout, which I think would have enha ...more
Paula
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't read a lot of non-fiction, though I go through phases where I just want to read something different, but this looked interesting when I was on Netgalley so I requested it and here we are...

For folks who don't know, 'mudlarking' is the term used to describe people who go looking for items left behind in the mud by tidal rivers, especially rivers like the Thames where people have been living for a very long time. Our author is a hobbyist mudlarker, having turned to it when she was struggli
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Karen
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating!
Mags
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book like the river Thames itself - meandering, full of surprises, and covers a wide breadth.

Some of the detail is fascinating, but sometimes it can get a little bogged down in the mud, so to speak. While the author's speculation about *who* might have owned these things is fun, I felt like there could be a little more depth into some of the objects she describes. Maybe those were just the ones that caught my attention!

I had a Netgalley copy, so I'm not sure if it was something caught be edito
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Ali
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
What a fascinating book this is. Lara Maiklem is a ‘mudlark’ and for the past fifteen years has been scavenging in the mud of the River Thames searching for items of historical value. Her journey takes us from the west of the Thames to the east and she weaves together the history of the areas she digs with fascinating stories about the items she discovers. Her book flows with tales like the river itself and the reader easily gets swept along with the enthralling stories around her booty. From Vi ...more
Jenny Kearney
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. The book is split into 13 areas along the Thames and is told in a lyrical, storytelling style. It’s part history of London, and part personal memoir, linking the author to her beloved Thames. I liked her style and found the book easy to read. Sadly the digital copy lacked any images and I think this type of book needs photographs to illustrate the story. However, I enjoyed the book so much I can see myself picking up a hard copy to read again. The book is an e ...more
Rosalyn Stewart
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started this sampler intending to read a few pages in between household chores but I couldn’t put it down and ended up finishing it in one go!

It combined treasure-finding with history, science and religion. I hadn’t realised there was such an art to mudlarking, or that there are so many historical items which could be found. I love learning about history from the perspective of ordinary people and Lara was very good at describing the origin of the pieces she found.

I especially loved the para
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Linda Fallows
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This sampler has ignited eager anticipation of the full length book being published. It is written in clear language and in such a way as to engage your interest from the very beginning. There is so much interesting information on each page that you cannot help but drop everything else in order to keep turning pages. Even in this short extract I learned so much about the shoreline of the Thames and it’s history. My order for this book will be in well ahead of it’s publication date.
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