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Gin: The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva-The Eighteenth Century Gin Craze Paperback – Apr 2004


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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Justin, Charles and Company (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932112251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932112252
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,811,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Dillon was born in London. His first book of history for grown-ups, The Much-Lamented Death of Madam Geneva, was a history of the eighteenth-century gin craze. This was followed by The Last Revolution, a history of the Glorious Revolution that combined political events with the revolution's social background and changes in economics and science.

His most recent book, The Story of Britain, is a single-volume narrative history for children. It covers the whole history of Britain and Ireland from 1066 to the present day, telling it through the stories that made Patrick Dillon fall in love with history in the first place.

As well as writing and broadcasting, Patrick Dillon works as an architect specialising in old buildings. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Ansell on 29 April 2014
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Reading this book has informed me that the thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee on 10 May 2014
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Two things inspired me to buy this book. The first is that I enjoy a gin and tonic and was curious to find out more about this tempting aperitif. The second reason was my sad neglect of 18th century social history. The book satisfies both my requirements in full measure. The narrative is fast-paced, full of contemporary quotations and above all is entertainingly written. And considering that I live in East Anglia in a country which benefitted hugely from the grain trade to Holland and to the gin distilleries in London, this added another layer to my interest. This is one book that every self-respecting puritan, hypocrite and tippler should read and enjoy. I will treat my intake with more moderation, but three pints in an hour is definitely going it some!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRS GERALDINE SMART on 6 May 2014
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Excellent book and a fascintaing insight into social history.
I would say that this book is definately worth a read.
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By Desdemona on 8 July 2014
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Interesting for a dedicated gin lover such as me, and possibly a cautionary tale, although it hasn't changed my habits! Fascinating social history.
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