Pete Brown - Shakespeare's Local (2nd Hand Hardback)
Welcome to the George Inn near London Bridge; a cosy, wood-panelled, galleried coaching house a few minutes' walk from the Thames. Grab yourself a pint, listen to the chatter of the locals and consider this: who else has made this their local over the last 600 years? Chaucer and his fellow pilgrims almost certainly drank in the George on their way out of London to Canterbury.
Shakespeare may well have popped in from the nearby Globe for a pint, and we know that Dickens definitely did. Mail carriers changed their horses here, before heading to all four corners of Britain - while sailors drank here before visiting all four corners of the world . . .
The pub, as Pete Brown points out, is the 'primordial cell of British life' and in the George he has found the perfect case study.
All life is here, from murderers, highwaymen and ladies of the night to gossiping pedlars and hard-working clerks.
So sit back and watch as buildings rise and fall over the centuries, and 'the beer drinker's Bill Bryson' (TLS) takes us on an entertaining tour through six centuries of history, through the stories of everyone that ever drank in one pub.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback (No Dust Jacket Issued)
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - History & Futurology
- Published : 2012 (McMillan -1st Edition)
- ISBN : 9780230761261
- SKU : B000645
- PPC : SP490gm
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"Brown's rambunctious style, which frequently feels as if he's buttonholed you in the George itself to tell you an anecdote over a pint, might verge on the overbearing (and overfootnoted) in places, but he has countless fascinating stories to tell. Forgotten characters such as the fearsome early 20th-century pub proprietor Agnes Murray jostle for space with household names such as Samuel Pepys and, of course, Dickens." - The Guardian.
Pete Brown is a British author, journalist, broadcaster and consultant specialising in food and drink, especially the fun parts like beer and cider. His broad, fresh approach takes in social history, cultural commentary, travel writing, personal discovery and natural history, and his words are always delivered with the warmth and wit you’d expect from a great night down the pub. He writes for newspapers and magazines around the world and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme.