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Gin took London by storm in the first half of the 18th cetury. It was the 'original urban drug.' 'Cheap, potent and readily available', It aided London's poor in escaping the wretchedness of their lives and was considered a public menace by Defoe and Johnson. In this book the author gives us the whole story of more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 194 x 308 x 68mm | 222.26g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861976011
  • 9781861976017

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'She writes like an angel, which makes her as cheerily compelling as a nice G&T at the end of a long, hard day' Daily Telegraph 'A smart, gripping analysis of the gin debate' The Guardian 'Craze is an informative and enjoyable read' Irish Times 'In the book's final chapter, Warner paints an interesting parallel between the "gin craze" and the recent war on drugs.' Publishers' Weekly - from the superb early review of the US editionshow more

About Dr Jessica Warner

Jessica Warner is a professor at the University of Toronto, where she has written extensively on the history of alcohol and other drugs. She is not a tee-totaller, but gin is not her favourite drink either. She is now writing a book about a small-time 18th century terrorist called 'John the Painter' who was based in more

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163 ratings
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4 29% (47)
3 37% (60)
2 18% (29)
1 5% (8)
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