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Lara Maiklem is a British editor who has been mudlarking for more than a decade. Featured in the Guardian and by the BBC for her work as the "London Mudlark," she lives on the Kent coast, close to the Thames Estuary, and visits the river as regularly as the tides permit.


"Mudlark is [Maiklem's] engrossing front-line report from 'a world of escapees and obsessives' who think nothing of scaling the perilous riverside ladders at odd hours, dressed in waterproofs and latex gloves, on the lookout for whatever traces of the past the river might spit up.... It's a riveting crash course not only in the history of London from prehistoric times to the present, but also in urban geography and how to read a living environment from organic clues." -- Elizabeth Lowry, Wall Street Journal
"Her expeditions and the objects they yield -- including hatpins, hand-blown glass bottles, buttons and the occasional precious stone -- provide a rambling, idiosyncratic, fascinating guide to the city's history.... Readers will learn much from one mudlark's generous offer of the knowledge she has picked up - a mosaic of different pieces, much like her treasures themselves. Those who live near tidal bodies of water, or even in London itself, may be inspired to do a bit of mudlarking on their own." -- Katie Noah Gibson, Shelf Awareness
"This thoroughly fascinating look at treasure hunting along the banks of the Thames also serves as an astute history lesson." -- Publishers Weekly [starred review]
"The sense of discovery, of finding forgotten objects, is captured superbly in Maiklem's debut.... Maiklem positions the River Thames as a narrator, which only offers up some of its stories in a piecemeal fashion. The parts that are revealed, however, make for a captivating read." -- Brian Renvall, Library Journal
"Throughout the narrative, Maiklem's imagination and infectious enthusiasm make for a lovely fantasy world where 'the tiniest of objects...tell the greatest stories.' Entertaining reading for British history buffs and budding archaeologists." -- Kirkus Reviews
"A beautifully written memoir of one woman's relationship with the sacred Thames and the ghosts of its past. Lara Maiklem's book on mudlarking is as deep and as rich as the Thames and its treasures. Fascinating." -- Stanley Tucci
"Driven by curiosity, freighted with mystery and tempered by chance, wonders gleam from every page." -- Melissa Harrison, author of All Among The Barley
"Lara Maiklem reveals to us the fascinating and poignant micro-world of London's history; the fragments of life deposited on the tidal shores of the Thames. [Mudlark] is a flowing river of human stories; beautiful, wondrous and eternal." -- Hallie Rubenhold
"[An] enthralling and evocative history of London and its people." -- Bookseller "Book of the Month"

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