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

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

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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.

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

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.

Reviews

A light and engaging read The Times Full of fun and fascinating detail Jilly Cooper This is just the tonic! Rachel Johnson A real treat for gin lovers Mark Hix I love this book! Daisy Waugh Finally - the book that provides the background to today's gin craze. The perfect present (along with a bottle of gin) for any gin lover Fiona Beckett, Guardian wine critic I blame this book for my newly-discovered gin addiction Bryony Gordon A refreshing cocktail of a biography, fizzing with historical detail. Loved it. Viv Groskop Highly entertaining...the real fun of this book is in the pacy, gleeful anecdotes and quotes. The Telegraph Entertaining The Independent ...manages to be at once packed with information and as joyous as a properly made gin and tonic Independent


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.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th August 2014

Author

Olivia Williams

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Publisher

Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Hardback
336 pages

Categories

History: specific events & topics


ISBN

9781472215338

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