In the summer of 1849, cholera threatens the city and the people of London.
The authorities send millions of gallons of sewage cascading into the Thames - for many Londoners the only source of drinking water.
Joshua Jeavons, a young and idealistic engineer, embarks on an obsessive quest to find the cause of the epidemic.
As he labours in a fog of incomprehension, his domestic life is troubled by the baffling coldness of his beautiful bride, Isobella.
But when she suddenly disappears, his desperate search for her takes him to a netherworld of slum-dwellers, pickpockets and scavengers of subterranean London.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 05/07/2018
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781786496409