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Gin Glorious Gin

How Mother's Ruin Became the Spirit of London
  • Author
    • Olivia Williams
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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.
  • Published: Mar 26 2015
  • Pages: 336
  • 198 x 136mm
  • ISBN: 9781472215345

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Press Reviews

  • Jilly Cooper
    Full of fun and fascinating detail
  • Rachel Johnson
    This is just the tonic!
  • Mark Hix
    A real treat for gin lovers
  • Daisy Waugh
    I love this book!
  • Fiona Beckett, Guardian wine critic
    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
  • Bryony Gordon
    I blame this book for my newly-discovered gin addiction
  • Viv Groskop
    A refreshing cocktail of a biography, fizzing with historical detail. Loved it.
  • The Times
    A light and engaging read
  • The Telegraph
    Highly entertaining...the real fun of this book is in the pacy, gleeful anecdotes and quotes.
  • The Independent
  • Daily Mail
    A jolly and fascinating read