on 21 January 2012
Sometimes a serious study of a subject by an academic can be a tedious read: not so this book. May it seems has really enjoyed researching the book and that comes through in the writing. The amount of historical information is substantial, but this is enlivened by the presence of the ghosts of the wonderful characters that worked in the trade and May's lively style. It is a shame that it is out of print, but its limited market must surely be the only reason why.