Best-selling Author OC Lara Maiklem
Lara Maiklem (OC 1989) published Mudlarking in 2019 to huge critical acclaim:
– Sunday Times Bestseller
– BBC Radio 4 Book of the Month and Book of the Year
– Apple Book of the Month and Book of the Year
– Observer Book of the Year
– Foyles Book of the Month
– Daily Express Book of the Year
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 fifteen 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. As she has discovered, it is often the tiniest objects that tell the greatest stories.
It has been published in UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Following this success, Lara made many UK, US and Australian TV and Radio appearances and has written for The Spectator and The Guardian.
‘ Maiklem’s description of the fog is worthy of Dickens or Joseph Conrad, “a great white cloud of damp river breath, tick and consuming, filling ears, curling down throats and settling on lungs.”’ Sunday Telegraph
‘ Fascinating. There is nothing that Maiklem does not know about the history of the river or the thingyness of things.’ The Guardian
Favourably reviewed by numerous newspapers and publications, home and abroad, including Washington Post, New York Times, Literary Review, Wall Street Journal, Sydney Morning Herald and El Pais, amongst
Paperback now available.