London’s cholera epidemic

ghost-map4Good research sources for fantasy novels don’t have to be dry and boring. If you’re placing your action within a densely populated city, take a peek at The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson.

His history of London’s cholera epidemic during the summer of 1854 is positively riveting and packed full of those minute details that can make or break a good novel. The first chapter on the Night-Soil Men presents London’s underworld in vivid detail. He depicts daily life in the busy city with all the noise, bustle, and danger inherent to Dickens’ world.

It’s a great read, whether for pleasure or research; check it out if you can.

Copyright 2009 Teresa Frohock


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