Cholera in Victorian England

Highly acclaimed book by Amanda Thomas

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Harpenden and District Local History Society member, Amanda Thomas, has recently published her latest book with Pen & Sword entitled, ‘Cholera: The Victorian Plague’. The book is a fresh approach to the history of Victorian Britain and the consequences of cholera for nineteenth century society. Amanda explains the story of the disease that devastated the Victorian population from the 1830s to the 1860s and brought about major changes in sanitation. Drawing on the latest scientific research and a wealth of archival material, the book includes first-hand accounts and blends personal, forgotten stories with an overview of the history of cholera and its devastating after effects on British society.  

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Amanda also reveals that Victorian theories about the disease may be closer to the truth than we might assume and that contaminated drinking water and human transmission may not be the whole story. The book acts as a complete overview of cholera in Victorian Britain, taking a new, accessible approach to a topic previously covered predominately by academic researchers. It has received outstanding reviews from historians such as Nick Barratt and Lee Jackson and is well worth the cover price of £19.99.  

ISBN 9781783463503, available from all good bookshops and the Pen & Sword website,


This page was added by Rosemary Ross on 13/10/2015.

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