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The Old Dog and Duck: The Secret Meanings of Pub Names Hardcover – 3 Sep 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books; 1st Book People Edition edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846142539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846142536
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fascinating stories behind our favourite inns, from the Nag's Head to the Green Man
--DAILY EXPRESS

Lively and intriguing... a testament to the nature of the pub as a focus for creativity, wit and yarn-spinning.
--THE TIMES

Highly entertaining and full of stories...a book worth taking down the pub, methinks. --METRO

The ultimate booze who of Britain - the amazing tales of how pubs got their weird and wonderful names.
--DAILY STAR

Hopefully, with books like this, we can try and keep some of these places - and their intriguing names - alive.

--SCOTSMAN

About the Author

When not engaged in research, Albert Jack lives somewhere between Guildford and Cape Town, where he divides his time between fast living and slow horses, neat vodka and untidy pubs. This is the book he has always wanted to write.


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Format: Hardcover
Neither of my locals, the Daisy and the Old Unicorn, are in this book but it is nevertheless a treasure house of other delights. We have such as the Bag of Nails, the Bucket of Blood, the Pickled Parson and the Quiet Woman. All are explained as to their origins and it makes good reading.

My favourite, perhaps, is the Drunken Duck. The said duck was found apparently dead in the pub's back yard, taken indoors and plucked ready for the oven. As it happened, the duck wasn't dead but dead drunk and was slowly reviving. A barrel had leaked beer into its feeding trough and it had drunk its fill, and more besides. No matter, the landlord's wife knitted it a pullover until some of its feathers grew back and the duck became something of a celebrity. So much so that the pub's name was changed accordingly.

Excellent bed-time reading.

John Whitaker.
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Great book, one to pick up and put down at will. Nice to dip into but informative.
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Hi,this book was sent to both my sister and brother,they both said they have had happy hours reading it.Pick it up,put it down when you wish,great little boredom breaker and a laugh too.
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I have to say, after ready Albert Jack's other books ("Red Herrings & White Elephants" and "Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep"), I didn't enjoy this one quite as much. I think this may have been the subject matter however. Still written brilliantly by Albert Jack and interesting...but if this is your first encounter with Albert Jack I would suggest going for Red Herrings and White Elephants, which is an absolutely brilliant read and full of interesting facts. Your friend's will dread hearing you say, "Did you know...." !!!
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I had lots of fun reading this book. Albert Jack has done some major research into the subject and has some very amusing anecdotes and observations. Definitely worth buying !
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By Bantam Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2014
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From my experience, I would say that this is definitely one of those books that are best tackled by dipping in and out of. I attempted to read it cover to cover but soon grew tired of it, becoming overwhelmed with the large amount of fairly dry information that I was attempting to take in. Maybe I might have appreciated it more had I not had the constant feeling that I already knew most of the information that I reading – and found that I was probably right as I have two books on the origin of pub names already on my shelves, which on investigation seemed to duplicate much of what is written in Ye Olde Dog & Duck.

I would say then that if you going to produce a book on pub names then you should try to be a little more inventive with the names chosen than Albert Jack has been; he has chosen to include too many lengthy and slightly tedious explanations of bog standard pub names like The George, Royal Oak, Wheatsheaf and Rose & Crown when I would have preferred to read about pubs with more obscure names. An example of this is that The Blind Beggar is included whereas just a short walk along Whitechapel Road there is/was a pub with an extremely singular name, The Grave Maurice, which is not. Surely The Grave Maurice has a story which would be far more interesting than that of The Woolpack or the Red Lion? It is no coincidence therefore that the pub name that sticks in my mind is most is The Bucket of Blood.

Despite my misgivings this is decent book which would make a fine reference book for pub lovers.
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I am really enjoying this! This is MY kind of history - the past and pubs! - but not necessarily in that order, would you believe! I honestly thought that this would prove to be a 'dip into' book that I might enjoy as the mood took me but I was so wrong. This has proved to be one of my personal best buys as I've been so intrigued and interested that I've been reading it since I bought it. So much so, that I may have to purchase Mr.Jack's other books when I arrive at the end of this one... I do so hope other buyers enjoy it too.
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Bought for partner , he was impressed, kept him quiet for ages ! And enjoyed the book reference for local quizes
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