Write Idea
Sun 6 Nov 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Writeidea Festival 2022

This event is part of a festival. To see other live subtitled events at this festival, click here.

NICK HIGHAM: The Mercenary River: Private Greed, Public Good: A History of London’s Water image

Nick Higham is a British journalist, most notably as an analyst, correspondent, and presenter of Meet the Author for BBC News.
Based on new research, The Mercenary River tells the winding tale of how London, one of the largest and richest cities in the world, has always struggled to supply its citizens with reliable, clean water. Some stories showcase remarkable technological, scientific and organisational breakthroughs — others tell of greed and complacency, high finance and low politics. No city can survive without water, and lots of it — Nick’s page-turning narrative asks whether today’s 21st century water companies are an improvement on their Victorian predecessors.