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The Local: A History of the English Pub [Paperback]

Paul Jennings
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1 Jan 2011
The pub has been at the heart of English life for generations.  But how has this unique institution developed over the centuries?  Paul Jennings traces the history of the English pub, looking at how it evolved from the coaching inn and the humble alehouse, through back-street beerhouses and 'fine, flaring' gin palaces to the drinking establishments of the twenty-first centuries.
 
Covering all aspects of pub life, this fascinating history examines pubs in town and country.  It identifies key trends and discusses architecture and interior design.  It looks at customers and their varied activities in pubs and at the men and women who ran them.  The story of the pub is set throughout the wider context of social change.  The Local is a must-read for the pub-goer and anyone interested in the history of the English people.
 
Paul Jennings teaches history at the University of Bradford and has been writing, lecturing and broadcasting on the subjects of the pub and drink for over twenty years. 

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; Reprint edition (1 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752459392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752459394
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Jennings teaches history at the University of Bradford, and has been writing, lecturing and broadcasting on the subjects of the pub and drink for over twenty years.

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An interesting and light-hearted review The Local: A History of the English Pub of The Local Pub. The Book shows how essential The Local is and how it was and still is the centrepiece of Community Life. A good read which will make you want to find a pub that you can call your Local
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, boring, boring 15 Sep 2011
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For a pub lover and self-confessed anorak, this seemed like a gift. No, not a hope. Probably the driest read possible on the subject. This book could suck the joy from any room. Unless you are an academic researching the pub/population density of Ealing at 12.34 on May 21st in 1762 don't bother. Sorry to grumble, there's a clue in the name.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Insight into the British Pub 3 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Local is a fascinating insight into the great British Pub and along with Chris Pitts's "Last Orders": Life as a Pub Landlord shows how important the Local Pub is to society and our way of life.
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