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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 07 edition (15 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750946393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750946391
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.7 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DAVID BRANDON is a historian. He brings history to life through his popular lectures, such as 'Absolute Rotters and Total Cads - Villains in British history'; 'A Cock and Bull Story' - The history of pub names'. His book on the history of highway robbers, Stand and Deliver!, was published by Sutton in 2001.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Dec. 2013
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That's hardly a title you would expect. It is, however, easy to see the link between the development of the coffee shops and the expectation that we want to share our thoughts and interests with both friends and strangers. This is a short but comprehensive history book that is both interesting because of its factual content and relaxing because it is so easy to read and quick to finish. It is also a very interesting portrait of a society which was very different from our own in terms of comfort and amenities but that bore the familiar stamp of our contemporaries, giving high place to gossip, rumour and argument with limited reliable facts but it was also a place where very serious business was done and political ideas were developed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Sept. 2014
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This isn't a academic text and there are gaps and limitations to the description, but that said, this is a comprehensive overview and taster of an important 17th century social phenomenon. We think we're very modern with our Starbucks, Costa and the like, but our ancestors had their coffee shop culture over 350 years ago. The cry of 'what news' and the intriguing that went on in these places was a very important part of life. The description of the stench, I won't say smell because like Brandon I dont think that would do it justice, that pervaded these establishments must have been horrendous. I really liked this, it was well worth the money, gave me some pointers towards other reading (always a bonus) and filled in a few gaps in my knowledge. Fitted in well with my reading of Susanna Gregory's Thomas Challoner series: i.e. Murder on High Holborn (Exploits of Thomas Chaloner) as some of principle action takes place in and around 17c coffee shops.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Moss on 4 Dec. 2013
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Very interesting little book about the history of coffee shops, told I a very readable and informative way. Lots of historical points.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 27 Jan. 2014
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I couldn't stop reading this book. It paints a very clear picture of bygone days and people. I may return to this again sometime.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julie Vanberkel on 12 Oct. 2013
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Though not a coffee drinker, I am interested in the 17th century, and found this little gem most interesting and informative. Concise, and easy to follow, you almost can hear/see/smell the goings on there, it was so evocative! It was well worth the little I paid for it to get a flavor of bygone times.
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By t8769 on 27 Sept. 2014
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A good history writer, he really brings the subject alive and brings in research.

Only damaged by injecting his own political views into the book, particularly his views about the rich and poor. Ends by saying international trading ' emphasises the gulf between rich and poor nations'. This is political opinion, you could equally say it emphasises how poor nations benefit from the rich ), he's welcome to it but it doesn't belong in a history book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane E McGuire on 4 Dec. 2013
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This book disappeared as quickly as a bar of chocolate! I so looked forward to reading it. Lots of interesting facts and insights into how the City of London works today. Highly recommended
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By Susan Vallance on 17 Feb. 2014
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If like me you have read in various books about people frequenting the Coffee Shop of this era, then I would say that it gives much more of an insight into what made these Coffee shops the place to be. It also gives a real idea of the atmosphere in these places. It is what it is; the title says it all really, but I would recommend it to people who want to relate to and understand more about the early Coffee shops.
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