Back to the Local


Author: Maurice Gorham, Edward Ardizzone (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780571386987
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Faber

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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.

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Maurice Gorham, Edward Ardizzone (Illustrator)