Gin: The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva

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During the early eighteenth century, gin-drinking reached epidemic proportions in the slums of London. The spirit was sold from shops and market stalls, from basements and barrows in the streets, until every Londoner was averaging two pints of gin a week.

Early eighteenth-century London was a violent and insecure town. Reformers blamed ‘Madam Geneva’ for everything from social decay to rising crime and passed eight major acts in an attempt to control it. When prohibition was attempted, it was greeted with popular riots and the explosion of a bomb in Westminster Hall. With arguments about gin drawing in writers such as Daniel Defoe and Henry Fielding, the campaign for reform reached its climax with the unforgettable image of Hogarth’s ‘Gin Lane’.

This is the story of the rise and fall of ‘Madam Geneva’. Gin-drinkers and sellers, politicians and distillers all add their voices to Patrick Dillon’s vivid account of London’s first drug craze, and the ultimately successful attempts to control it.

‘Excellent.’ - Andrew Marr ‘Patrick Dillon has gathered together some marvellous tales here... This book is as crowded with sensational incident as an 18th-century newspaper... With its manic tempo, Dillon’s prose embodies the relentless energy of the time... the city’s infinite variety is also successfully invoked. He has, too, a gift for simplifying complex issues.’ - Daily Telegraph

‘A crisp, fast-paced account... Dillon paints a vivid picture of hard-drinking London, high on spirits and speculation... Dillon’s book offers a fascinating tale, ringing with authentic voices.’ - Sunday Times

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"Patrick Dillon has written a marvellously vivid depiction of the gin craze, in which a colourful procession of rogues, strumpets and wayward vagabonds stagger from tavern to tavern in search of the demonic Madame Geneva." — Giles Milton, author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg and Samurai William

"Gin is both a vividly drawn excursion into the gin-soaked underworld of eighteenth-century London and a vivid recreation of an event which shaped our modern attitudes to alcohol: this is potent stuff." — Richard Hamblyn, author of The Invention of Clouds

"Patrick Dillon has researched the history of the 18th-century gin craze in admirable detail, and he ends with some sage remarks about drugs in our own time." — Frank Kermode, The Guardian

"A vividly clear, fascinating study." — Val Hennessy, The Daily Mail

"... a crisp, fast-paced account ... Dillon paints a vivid picture of hard-drinking London, high on spirits and speculation ...Dillon’s book offers a fascinating tale, ringing with authentic voices." —Jenny Uglow, Sunday Times

"Patrick Dillon has gathered together some marvelous tales here. This book is as crowded with sensational incident as an 18th-century newspaper ... With its manic tempo, Dillon’s prose embodies the relentless energy of the time ... the city’s infinite variety is successfully invoked, and he has, too, a gift for simplifying complex issues." —Thomas Wright, Daily Telegraph

About the Author:

Patrick Dillon was born in London in 1962. His books include The Last Revolution, a history of the Glorious Revolution of 1688, and The Story of Britain, a narrative history of Britain for children. He lives in London with his family.

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Descripción Thistle Publishing, United States, 2013. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.During the early eighteenth century, gin-drinking reached epidemic proportions in the slums of London. The spirit was sold from shops and market stalls, from basements and barrows in the streets, until every Londoner was averaging two pints of gin a week. Early eighteenth-century London was a violent and insecure town. Reformers blamed Madam Geneva for everything from social decay to rising crime and passed eight major acts in an attempt to control it. When prohibition was attempted, it was greeted with popular riots and the explosion of a bomb in Westminster Hall. With arguments about gin drawing in writers such as Daniel Defoe and Henry Fielding, the campaign for reform reached its climax with the unforgettable image of Hogarth s Gin Lane . This is the story of the rise and fall of Madam Geneva . Gin-drinkers and sellers, politicians and distillers all add their voices to Patrick Dillon s vivid account of London s first drug craze, and the ultimately successful attempts to control it. Excellent. - Andrew Marr Patrick Dillon has gathered together some marvellous tales here. This book is as crowded with sensational incident as an 18th-century newspaper. With its manic tempo, Dillon s prose embodies the relentless energy of the time. the city s infinite variety is also successfully invoked. He has, too, a gift for simplifying complex issues. - Daily Telegraph A crisp, fast-paced account. Dillon paints a vivid picture of hard-drinking London, high on spirits and speculation. Dillon s book offers a fascinating tale, ringing with authentic voices. - Sunday Times. Nº de ref. de la librería AAV9781909609952

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