- 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)
The Old Dog and Duck: The Secret Meanings of Pub Names Hardcover – 3 Sep 2009
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The fascinating stories behind our favourite inns, from the Nag's Head to the Green Man
Lively and intriguing... a testament to the nature of the pub as a focus for creativity, wit and yarn-spinning.
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.
Hopefully, with books like this, we can try and keep some of these places - and their intriguing names - alive.
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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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought this as a present and the owner spent hours on Christmas reading it out and we made a quiz of it tooPublished 1 month ago by sappy
arrived on time gave it as a Christmas present and the recipient told me it was very imformativePublished 12 months ago by Michael A. Knight
I bought this for my brothers Christmas present . He is very happy with the content . It is a.good accompaniment for a pub crawl !Published 13 months ago by lizzinpaul