Dope Girls: Birth of the British Drug Underground (Paperback)
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Dope Girls: Birth of the British Drug Underground (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 22/03/2001
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This is a discussion of the transformation of drug use (especially morphine and cocaine, which was once commonly available in any chemist's shop) into a national menace. It revolves around the death of Bille Carleton, a West End musical actress, in 1918. Its cast of characters includes Brilliant Chang, a Chinese restaurant proprietor and Edgar Manning, a jazz drummer from Jamaica. They were identified as the villains of the affair and invested with a highly charged sexual menace. Around them in the streets off Shaftesbury Avenue and in Chinatown there swirled a raffish group of seedy and rebellious hedonists. Britain was horrified and fascinated. The drug problem was born, amid a gush of exotic tabloid detail.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781862074064
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 259 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 13 mm


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"The best, most perceptive and most authoritative account of the British drug scene ever."

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