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Dreadful Judgement
     

Dreadful Judgement

by Neil Hanson
 

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The human story of the fire through the eyes of the individuals who lived through it.

A fire needs only three things: a spark to ignite it, and fuel and oxygen to feed it. In 1666 a ten-month drought had turned London into a tinderbox. The older parts of the city were almost entirely composed of wood-frame buildings and shanties. On September 2, London ignited.

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The human story of the fire through the eyes of the individuals who lived through it.

A fire needs only three things: a spark to ignite it, and fuel and oxygen to feed it. In 1666 a ten-month drought had turned London into a tinderbox. The older parts of the city were almost entirely composed of wood-frame buildings and shanties. On September 2, London ignited. Over the next five days a gale blew without interruption and the resulting firestorm destroyed the whole city. This historical detective story combines modern knowledge of fires, forensics and arson, with moving eye-witness accounts, to produce a searing depiction of the terrible reality of the Great Fire of London and its impact on those who lived through it.

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“Popular narrative history at its best, well researched, imaginatively and dramatically written.” — Times Literary Supplement

“Hanson’s prose is animated by the ferocious energy of the fire and seems to be guided by its inexorable movement. He creates the literary equivalent of the special effects in a disaster movie.” — Daily Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780552167475
Publisher:
Corgi Books
Publication date:
04/28/2012

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From the Publisher
“Popular narrative history at its best, well researched, imaginatively and dramatically written.” — Times Literary Supplement

“Hanson’s prose is animated by the ferocious energy of the fire and seems to be guided by its inexorable movement. He creates the literary equivalent of the special effects in a disaster movie.” — Daily Telegraph

Meet the Author

Neil Hanson has written for every British national newspaper and for media throughout the world. His book The Custom of the Sea is published by Doubleday.

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