Gin Glorious Gin

Gin Glorious Gin

How Mother's Ruin Became the Spirit of London

Book - 2015
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In and out of both legality and popularity, gin is the only drink to be simultaneously shorthand for metropolitan glamour and alcoholic squalor. It crosses paths with all professions and cuts through class: from writers and artists to politicians, scientists, royalty, gin is a great leveller. 'Gin Glorious Gin' is funny, quirky, interesting, informative and full of famous names -- Dickens to Churchill, Hogarth to Hemingway -- as well as providing an entertaining account of the role gin has played in the history of the city of London.
Publisher: London :, Headline,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781472215345
Branch Call Number: ANF 641.255094 WIL
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm


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ser_library Jun 09, 2016

vignettes of social history, corporate history and taste; easy to read and fascinating.

Apr 13, 2016

Lot of bits and pieces of historical interest. The narrative does not flow well, however - I was looking forward to reading this but did not find it at all engaging.

Jul 04, 2015

This was a really interesting read

ChristchurchLib Dec 04, 2014

Gin Glorious Gin is a vibrant cultural history of London seen through the prism of its most iconic drink. Leading the reader through the underbelly of the Georgian city via the Gin Craze, detouring through the Empire (with a G&T in hand), to the emergence of cocktail bars in the West End, the story is brought right up to date with the resurgence of class in a glass - the Ginnaissance. As gin has crossed paths with Londoners of all classes and professions over the past three hundred years it has become shorthand for metropolitan glamour and alcoholic squalor in equal measure. History and Current Events December 2014 newsletter.

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