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Mudlarking

Narrated by: Lara Maiklem
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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Summary

Mudlark (/'mAdla;k/) noun A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbour.

Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for over 15 years, in pursuit of the objects that the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hair pins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys. 

These objects tell her about London and its lost ways of life. Moving from the river's tidal origins in the west of the city to the point where it meets the sea in the east, Mudlarking is a search for urban solitude and history on the River Thames, what Lara calls 'the longest archaeological site in the world'.

©2018 Lara Maiklem (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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A book about a very interesting subject.

I had been excitedly waiting for this book as I had heard good things about it. The writing is very good and I loved the information in it.

The drawback is the narration. The voice is very clear and diction excellent BUT its the lack of inflection makes it boring. No enthusiasm just a flat reading. It has been a struggle to listen to.

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Unexpectedly fascinating insight into lost London

I spotted this in Foyles bookshop on the Southbank in London yesterday and had to download it, it caught my eye after the serendipity of having seen some mudlarkers on Bankside as I walked along the Thames just half an hour earlier. This was an unexpectedly engaging and interesting read. Could easily have devoured more and would now love to see an exhibit of finds from across the ages.

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  • sheila
  • CARDIFF, United Kingdom
  • 20-08-19

AN ADVENTURE

OH WOW THIS BOOK IS AN ADVENTURE IT IS LIKE WAKING WITH THE AUTHER ON HER ADVENTURES IT IS SO EXCITING JUST HAD TO LISTEN TO THE BOOK IN ONE LISTEN COULD NOT LET IT GO TILL I KNEW WHERE SHE WENT AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT. IT IS LIKE BRING THINGS ALIVE IN MY IMAGINATION I COULD VISUALISE EVERYTBING EVEN THOUGH I HAVE NOT BEEN TO THESES PLACES. IT IS SO REFRESHING THOUGHFUL ENCOURAGING .THIS IS A BOOK I WILL RESD AGAIN AND AGAIN BECAUSE IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD I DO NOT KNOW WHY BUT IT DOES. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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A Real Treasure

Lara's voice is as soothing as the riverside in summer. Her story of the Thames, its treasures and horrors is a delight from start to finish.

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Mudlarking an interesting glimpse of London's History

Yes it's very good, thanks Laura for an incite to something I was unaware of, well worth five stars

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Loved this Sooooo much!

What a wonderful evocative book. Read beautifully by the author herself. Already fascinated by mudlarking and a beachcomber myself but I would recommend to anyone & will be listening to it many times more - I look forward to seeing what else she writes or even narrates!

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Great read

Really easy to listen to. very interesting, wished I lived near the Thames so could go Mudlarkin myself.

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beautiful and fascinating

absolutely loved this book. if you love the detail of history you'll love this. beautifully written and read.

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great read

loved this very I interesting informative view of the Thames cant wait to read again.

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Facinating history of London

Who knew? The author has great depth and range of knowledge about the tidal Thames foreshore. She's organised her book by location, the bridges, and how the history of the area relates to her finds. Personally, I'd prefer more emphasis on the finds but this must be hard to arrange. Really caught the imagination.