Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames

Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames

Long heralded as a city treasure herself, expert “mudlarker” Lara Maiklem is uniquely trained in the art of seeking. Tirelessly trekking across miles of the Thames’ muddy shores, where others only see the detritus of city life, Maiklem unearths evidence of England’s captivating, if sometimes murky, history—with some objects dating back to 43 AD, when London was but an outpost of the Roman Empire. From medieval mail worn by warriors on English battlefields to nineteenth-century glass marbles mass-produced for the nation’s first soda bottles, Maiklem deduces the historical significance of these artifacts with the quirky enthusiasm and sharp-sightedness of a twenty-first century Sherlock Holmes.


Seamlessly interweaving reflections from her own life with meditations on the art of wandering, Maiklem ultimately delivers—for Anglophiles and history lovers alike—a memorable treatise on the objects we leave in our wake, and the stories they can reveal if only we take a moment to look.

Title:Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames
ISBN:9781631494963
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    Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames Reviews

  • Richard

    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 ra...

  • Carolyn

    "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 anyth...

  • Lou

    In terms of archaeological digs or even just searching for random items the Thames is probably a very neglected area due to its inaccessibility, but the items mudlark Lara Maiklem has uncovered within...

  • George1st

    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 ...

  • Sam

    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 is...

  • Andy

    I find this book's subject inherently interesting. I appreciate the effort and attention that goes into trying to account for the broad range of facts, findings and opinions and feelings the author tr...

  • L A

    Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.I read an excerpt of this a few months back and was chomping at the bit to read the full book...

  • Lisa

    Maiklem never lost her childlike curiousity of discovering other people's lost junk. Throughout the book she talks about her experiences digging around in the river bed with contagious joy. Every lost...

  • Catalina

    I am actually sad I've finished this book. I was under pressure as I wanted to finish it by publication date(22nd Aug) but life got in the way. Therefore I tried as much as possible to keep reading as...

  • Alyson Rhodes

    My thanks to net galley and the publishers Bloomsbury for an e-arc of Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem. As a history grad and former history teacher the role of mudlarking through the ages has been one of i...