The books tells of cholera, the disease that devastated the Victorian population, and brought about major changes in sanitation. Drawing on the latest scientific research and a wealth of archival material, Amanda Thomas uses first-hand accounts, blending personal stories with an overview of the history of cholera and its devastating after effects on British society. This history of a catastrophic disease uncovers forgotten stories from each of the major cholera outbreaks in 1831-3, 1848-9, 1853-4 and 1866.

Amanda Thomas reveals that Victorian theories about the disease may be closer to the truth than we might assume: contaminated drinking water and human transmission may not be the whole story.


Amanda Thomas is an author, historian and linguist; she has previously worked in journalism, and public relations for television companies including The Walt Disney Company and Television New Zealand. In her early career she was involved with the PR launch of satellite television in Europe.

Her 2010 book, The Lambeth Cholera Outbreak of 1848-1849, prompted London's Lambeth Council to commission her to write a heritage plaque dedicated to the victims of the epidemic which was erected on the South Bank in 2011. She has advised on the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, The One Show and, in collaboration with English Heritage, on The Flying Archaeologist, in which she also appeared.

Born in Chatham, Kent, Amanda is passionate about the history and heritage of the Medway Towns and edits the historical journal The Clock Tower for The Friends of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.

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