Title: Cholera: The Victorian Plague
Author: Amanda J. Thomas
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Format: Digital ARC provided through NetGalley
Release Date: August 19th, 2020 (US Paperback Edition)
Review: This was my first non-fiction read of 2020 and it was pretty interesting!
Thomas does a great job walking her readers through the 19th century cholera outbreaks in England. Thomas presents her readers with a well rounded picture of cholera and discusses a variety of topics related to it such as sanitation, work houses, housing, poverty and city planning. By exploring several topics at once Thomas helps keep her readers engaged with the material while not overwhelming them with information.
What I found most interesting about this book were the parallels that could be drawn between 19th century Cholera outbreaks and the current outbreak of COVID-19. We still have a lot to learn about COVID-19 but it was easy to see how the breakthroughs 19th century doctors and scientist made have effected our 21st century response to COVID-19. This is a very timely book and readers will gain a lot of insight into history, and into their contemporary lives.
This book is very well research, approachable and easy to follow and I’d highly recommend this book to history lovers and those interested in disease and pandemics.