Back to the Local (Paperback)
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Back to the Local (Paperback)

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Paperback 144 Pages
Published: 06/06/2024
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Originally published in 1949, Gorham's warmly nostalgic love letter to the postwar London boozer abounds in profiles of pub-going archetypes as well as rescuing long-forgotten drinks from obscurity.

In this love letter to the London pub, our genial guide takes the reader through all aspects of the local hostelry as it was in the 1940s - a time of dark wood, dark corners and dark beer. Back to the Local is a fascinating nostalgic ramble around the post-war pubs of London: we are introduced to The Regulars and Barmaids Old and New; we venture into the familiar surroundings of the Saloon Lounge, Saloon Bar and Public Bar and squeeze into possibly the lesser known Jug-And-Bottle Bar, where customers queue to buy ale to drink elsewhere; we learn about 'lost' drinks such as 'The Mother-in-Law' or 'The Snort'. A truly memorable pub crawl, illustrated by the wonderfully atmospheric drawings of Edward Ardizzone.

This edition features a fold out map showing the pubs featured in the book which are still trading, plus a new preface by Robert Elms.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571386987
Number of pages: 144
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Edition: Main

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“A nugget of nostalgia”

A charming little book that takes us back to the days of post-war London. It is a lovely slice of nostalgia for what was in many cases the hub of the community, the centre of the social world and for some, a home away... More

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“A charming snapshot of history”

I received a reading copy from the publishers and was looking forward to reading something a bit different. The front cover displays a quote which calls it ‘A little gem of a book’ and I have to say I totally agree!... More

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