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Lis Riba

Oh coolness.

How did you know I was looking for a book on the Cholera epidemic? (just finished reading books on sewers and on spring water, which touched on the issue tangentially)

Rob

Great clip. I'm curious what sort of response you're getting from academic Victorianists, given that you're addressing a topic that is well within the Victorian Studies field, but you're doing it in a way that has a more general or non-academic audience in mind. Any disciplinary anxieties manifesting themselves? Or has "Ghost Map" been welcomed into the conversation? It will interesting (to me, at least) to see how the book is received by, say, the Journal of Social History or Victorian Studies.

Tina

I obtained a galley of Ghost Map from my husband who is in the book business and we both read it with great interest and excitement. We had planned a trip to London over New Years this year (2007) to visit some historical places of interest. After reading the book, the Broad Street pump location was added to the list. However, I had forgotten to bring a copy of the book with us and was only able to obtain, from the internet, a copy of the original map (same as the one in the book). I remembered that the area in question was in Soho and that it was near the golden square. I also remembered that it was at the intersection of Broadwick and Cambridge Streets and that Broadwick had been changed to Broad St. So, we didn't think it would be too hard to find. Wrong. Apparently no one in London knows about this or doesn't care. Neither our concierge or any of the taxi drivers we spoke to knew anything about the location of the former pump or Broad and Cambridge Streets. So we had a taxi driver drop us on Dean Street in Soho and we progressed on foot to Broad. In the process we accidentally stumbled onto the location of John Snow's house, which is on Dean St. We took this as a good omen. Walking up Broad toward Carnaby St. we came upon the John Snow pub at the corner of Broad and "Lexington" St. As I was standing on the corner of Broad and Lexington,looking at the John Snow, utterly transfixed at being stuck in time trying to mentally picture what must have gone on at this location 150 years ago, my husband told me to turn around. There, behind me, on the corner opposite the John Snow, was a memorial with a replica of the pump. There was also a plaque indicating that the original pump had been where you described it in the book, which would be in the street now. In the galley version of the book it states that there was a pump memorial several blocks away but that it no longer exists and there is no mention of the street name change from Cambridge to Lexington. I was just wondering if these items were corrected in the final edit. Also, I have some great pictures of John Snow's house with it's historical plaque, the John Snow Pub and the pump memorial if anyone is interested.

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