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Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames (original: 2019; edição: 2019)

de Lara Maiklem (Autor)

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERA BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK'Enchanting' Sunday Times'Driven by curiosity, freighted with mystery and tempered by chance, wonders gleam from every page' Melissa Harrison'The very best books that deal with the past are love letters to their subject, and the very best of those are about subjects that love their authors in return. Such books are very rare, but this is one' Ian Mortimer'Fascinating. There is nothing that Maiklem does not know about the history of the river or the thingyness of things' Guardian'A treasure. One of the best books I've read in years' Tracy BormanMudlark (/'mAdla;k/) noun A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbourLara 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. 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, which Lara calls the longest archaeological site in England.As she has discovered, it is often the tiniest objects that tell the greatest stories.… (mais)
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Título:Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames
Autores:Lara Maiklem (Autor)
Informação:Bloomsbury Publishing (2019), 320 pages
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Adaptation on BBC ...very interesting and enjoyable. And a day when worried about father in hospital...so must have been good to make such an impression then.. ( )
  SarahKDunsbee | Aug 2, 2021 |
Fascinating personal account that manages to be a little bit of everything: a guide to the Thames, from Teddington Lock to the Estuary, a history of London and the river that runs through it, an introduction to a fascinating hobby, and a glimpse of the bits and pieces that tell us something about the lives of ordinary (and not-so-ordinary) people who have lived and worked by the Thames over thousands of years.

Having recently read a couple of very disappointing "creative non-fiction" books, purporting to be an overview of a "big" subject, getting to the heart of the topic by focusing on one small detail (seashells, for example), this was a wonderful tonic, its many virtues demonstrating "how it ought to be done." Beautifully written, very knowledgeable and well organized.

Maiklem manages to wander around her subject, just as she wanders around the foreshores at various points on the Thames -- seeming, at times, random, until suddenly you realize that she has always had her eye on the target -- the incoming tide, the tiny bit of treasure hidden in the alluvial mud. The point, when she draws it all together, and gives each chapter not only a geographic focus, but a historical and personal one.

I really, really like the fact that Maiklem is sparing in her personal revelations. Some reviewers say that they wish she had written more about herself, so this is obviously a matter of taste -- but I dislike books that are supposed to be about one thing ... seashells ...knitting ... tiddlywinks ... whatever ... And then, turn out to be personal confessionals, by stealth. How I dumped my no-good boy/girlfriend and got very public revenge on him/her ... (Even worse, I hate "Poor Little Me" memoirs, but that's another review ...)

Maiklem tells us enough about herself to put her unusual hobby -- obsession, even -- into context. (Allusions to a bad break-up, unhappy job, finding happiness with her spouse and their twins. Growing up in a remote farmhouse that was built in in the reign of Henry VIII. I might have hated for for that, if she didn't seem to be such a nice person ...)

For once, the book almost lives up to one of the breathless blurbs on its cover: "...wonders gleam from every page ..." Perhaps not every page, but there are a lot of wonders. Just a very few ...

... The debased metal of modern coins mean that they won't survive immersion in the river as the Roman, Tudor, Hanoverian and other ancient coins do.

... When tobacco was first imported into England, it was so expensive that the bowls of the pipes to smoke them were tiny little "fairy cups."

... You know the arrow symbol that you used to see on the traditional uniforms worn by British convicts and transportees? That is the British Board of Ordnance "Broad Arrow" symbol, and it indicates Crown property. (The uniform, specifically, but probably, symbolically, the convict, too ...) I did not know that.

... Lara Maiklem's wife is a candidate for Sainthood. But Maiklem freely acknowledges that, more than once ...

Highly recommended! ( )
  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
"The pretty porcelain head of a Victorian sailor figurine that I found rolling around at the edge of the water at Greenwich is wearing a straw hat, which was standard issue in the navy at that time. I found him at the bottom of the sweeping steps up which Nelson's coffin was carried following his death at the Battle of Trafalgar."

What a wonderful book! So much history in every yard of the river's shores.

I noticed an amusing error in the Greenwich section of the audiobook. The author, who narrated her own book, says Nelson's column instead of Nelson's coffin. Everyone is so used to the word column always coming after Nelson's, that is an easy mistake to make. I had to laugh, imagining hundreds of sailors struggling to carry Nelson's column off a very long barge and up the steps. ( )
  isabelx | Jun 11, 2021 |
The author is a collector of sorts. “Mudlarking” is collecting items/artifacts that are washed up and found in the mud along the banks of the Thames River, and apparently a lot of people do this. Some of these items are hundreds of years old. Some of the items, she is able to restore herself, and some she sends away for restoration. The chapters are organized by the area, and each will give a bit of history of the area (as this can affect the types of items found there), combined with some of the items she has found and the history of those items.

I found some chapters more interesting than others – the one at Greenwich, which looked at some Tudor history (the Greenwich Castle was one of Henry VIII’s favourite residences), along with animal bones and utensils found (and thus meals and utensils used during Tudor times). Oddly, the other chapter that held my interest more than others was the one of current day garbage. Overall, I’m calling this one ok. I had hoped to like it more – the premise is something I feel like I am interested in – but for some reason, it just couldn’t hold my interest all the way through. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jun 8, 2021 |
Interesting! I don't think I really learned much new - but I got new angles on things (historical events and periods) I already knew (plus a burning desire to mudlark on the Thames, someday). Her descriptions of what she's found, or what other mudlarks have found, are beautifully done - I can see the embossed marks on the bottles, the "bearded man" mugs, the smoothed-almost-to-oblivion coins... Some of her things, I think, are in museums, or at least similar things are. I'm going to see what I can see of them online. The history of the city in terms of its trash and where it ends up in the river is fascinating. I hope she writes/has written more, I'd love to read it. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Feb 12, 2021 |
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… an old woman with a nut-cracker nose and chin, which almost dipped into the filthy slush into which she peered, and dirty flesh as well as a scrap or two of dirty linen showing through the slashes of her burst gown, over which, for ‘warmth’s sake’, she wore a tippet of ragged sack-cloth … She slinks off to her lair, followed by an imp bearing a rusty crumpled colander, piled with its find. Its sex is indistinguishable. It has long mud-hued hair hanging down in a mat over its shoulders. Through the hair one gets a glimpse of a never-washed little face, whose only sign of intelligence is an occasional glance of wicked knowingness.

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERA BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK'Enchanting' Sunday Times'Driven by curiosity, freighted with mystery and tempered by chance, wonders gleam from every page' Melissa Harrison'The very best books that deal with the past are love letters to their subject, and the very best of those are about subjects that love their authors in return. Such books are very rare, but this is one' Ian Mortimer'Fascinating. There is nothing that Maiklem does not know about the history of the river or the thingyness of things' Guardian'A treasure. One of the best books I've read in years' Tracy BormanMudlark (/'mAdla;k/) noun A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbourLara 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. 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, which Lara calls the longest archaeological site in England.As she has discovered, it is often the tiniest objects that tell the greatest stories.

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