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January 08 , 2009

The Plague and the Fire


New York Times
'Could hardly be a more timely parable for our day'
Evening Standard
'An engrossing and vivid impression of those terrible days'
Sunday Express
'Absorbing. . .an excellent account of the two most fantastic years in London's history'

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