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Informative and highly entertaining in parts but I found it disappointingly dull and disjointed in parts too.
3.5 stars: I very much enjoyed this book. It examines the summer of 1858 and the months that surround that summer to delve into London in that period in a social history. I liked the idea of telling history from the news bulletins of the period, minutes of events, and the letters of the principle cast. In fairness it does not develop any very significant connections between the three great figures and / or much connect to the heat wave itself but I felt this was not a loss as such. Would have liked more on the Atlantic telegraph pole.