Never read (or heard of) the book, looked it up…ew!
If you enjoyed that, you might also like The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher, which I was supposed to read this month for my Book Group, but didn’t, because busy doing… something? (I haven’t finished last month’s yet. Can’t think what’s taking up all my time) As it happens I’d heard an abridged version on radio when it was published. Fascinating, and also… ew!
Over in Cambridge (work) there is a street with covered gutters that constantly run with water brought in from slightly higher ground out-of-town. It’s called Hobson’s Conduit. Hobson rented out horses, hence the need for water, and gave rise to the phrase Hobson’s Choice.