- Fantasy, History, Non Fiction
- Philip Hoare
- Harper Perennial
As Philip Hoare's rich and rewarding account of Victorian religious cults indicates, the 19th century was a fruitful time to be preaching the end of the world, advocating naturism, or insisting that human beings would soon sprout tails studded with eyes and swim about in oceans of lemonade with creatures known as "anti-sharks". All these views are represented in his story; some of them attracted enthusiastic bands of followers.