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Olivia Williams - Author

About the Author

Olivia graduated with a scholarship in Modern History from St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where she remained for her master's degree. In her final year, she won the Rupert Murdoch Scholarship for student journalism. She worked as a trainee journalist at the Daily Mail before leaving to write Gin Glorious Gin last year. Olivia lives in London, where she is a freelance writer, and a taster of many gins. This is her first book. She tweets from @tweetingolivia.

Featured books by Olivia Williams

Gin Glorious Gin How Mother's Ruin Became the Spirit of London

Gin Glorious Gin How Mother's Ruin Became the Spirit of London

Author: Olivia Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

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. In and out of both legality and popularity, gin is a drink that has seen it all. Gin Glorious Gin is quirky, informative, full of famous faces - from Dickens to Churchill, Hogarth to Dr Johnson - and introduces many previously unknown Londoners, hidden from history, who have shaped the city and its signature drink.

Other books by Olivia Williams

Gin Glorious Gin

Gin Glorious Gin

Author: Olivia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2020

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. In and out of both legality and popularity, gin is a drink that has seen it all. Gin Glorious Gin is quirky, informative, full of famous faces - from Dickens to Churchill, Hogarth to Dr Johnson - and introduces many previously unknown Londoners, hidden from history, who have shaped the city and its signature drink.

The Secret Life of the Savoy

The Secret Life of the Savoy

Author: Olivia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

THE STORY OF THE SAVOY HOTEL'S FOUNDERS, THROUGH A CENTURY OF LUXURY For The Gondoliers-themed birthday dinner, the hotel obligingly flooded the courtyard to conjure the Grand Canal of Venice. Dinner was served on a silk-lined floating gondola, real swans were swimming in the water, and as a final flourish, a baby elephant borrowed from London Zoo pulled a five-foot high birthday cake. In three generations, the D'Oyly Carte family pioneered the luxury hotel and the modern theatre, propelled Gilbert and Sullivan to lasting stardom, made Oscar Wilde a transatlantic celebrity, inspired a P. G. Wodehouse series, and popularised early jazz, electric lights and Art Deco. Following the history of the iconic Savoy Hotel through three generations of the D'Oyly Carte family, The Secret Life of the Savoy revives an extroardinary cultural legacy. 'A real triumph, beautifully written, with many wonderful stories of the Savoy.' - Lady Anne Glenconner, author of Lady in Waiting 'An elegantly crafted, yet spritely and sparkling book, perfectly befitting its subject. Williams uses group biography to beautifully illuminate some of London's greatest hotel and theatre landmarks.' Ophelia Field, author of The Favourite 'A thoroughly entertaining account of some of London's most treasured history, with its beloved The Savoy at the heart of a fascinating and delightful plot. Bravo to Olivia Williams and her fantastically colourful cast of characters.' - Lady Kinvara Balfour, director and producer 'A cracking good read and a fascinating story that - amazingly - has not been told before.' Fiona Duncan, the Telegraph 'This is a fascinating story, and it could not be better told. Elegant, great fun, and with a finely-judged personal touch: much like the Savoy hotel itself.' - Laura Thompson, bestselling author of Agatha Christie and The Mitford Sisters

The Secret Life of the Savoy

The Secret Life of the Savoy

Author: Olivia Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

THE STORY OF THE SAVOY HOTEL'S FOUNDERS, THROUGH A CENTURY OF LUXURY For The Gondoliers-themed birthday dinner, the hotel obligingly flooded the courtyard to conjure the Grand Canal of Venice. Dinner was served on a silk-lined floating gondola, real swans were swimming in the water, and as a final flourish, a baby elephant borrowed from London Zoo pulled a five-foot high birthday cake. In three generations, the D'Oyly Carte family pioneered the luxury hotel and the modern theatre, propelled Gilbert and Sullivan to lasting stardom, made Oscar Wilde a transatlantic celebrity, inspired a P. G. Wodehouse series, and popularised early jazz, electric lights and Art Deco. Following the history of the iconic Savoy Hotel through three generations of the D'Oyly Carte family, The Secret Life of the Savoy revives an extroardinary cultural legacy. 'A real triumph, beautifully written, with many wonderful stories of the Savoy.' - Lady Anne Glenconner, author of Lady in Waiting 'An elegantly crafted, yet spritely and sparkling book, perfectly befitting its subject. Williams uses group biography to beautifully illuminate some of London's greatest hotel and theatre landmarks.' Ophelia Field, author of The Favourite 'A thoroughly entertaining account of some of London's most treasured history, with its beloved The Savoy at the heart of a fascinating and delightful plot. Bravo to Olivia Williams and her fantastically colourful cast of characters.' - Lady Kinvara Balfour, director and producer 'A cracking good read and a fascinating story that - amazingly - has not been told before.' Fiona Duncan, the Telegraph 'This is a fascinating story, and it could not be better told. Elegant, great fun, and with a finely-judged personal touch: much like the Savoy hotel itself.' - Laura Thompson, bestselling author of Agatha Christie and The Mitford Sisters

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