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5.0 out of 5 stars A rather splendid recommendation, 9 April 2013
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This review is from: The Gin Lane Gazette (Hardcover)
Its not everyday the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London recommends you a book and such a delicious naughty book at that but thats exactly what happened on a cold Good Friday whilst discussing ravens (of course!); executioners (what can I say); and various historical studies when suddenly the Gin Lane Gazette was mentioned as something that may interest me. Now I am a student of 16th/17th century State letters (albeit on a part-time basis - my real job is too dull to mention) and I rarely stray beyond 1700 as I always thought all those Georges were a trifle dull. How wrong I was and what a fabulous recommendation this turned out to be.
The Gin Lane Gazette has stories of Gin Hags (I love gin and am now a bit worried!); rather a lot of limb losses/amputations; kings expiring on toilet seats; and various affaires of the heart with women of varying degrees of ill-repute. What's not to love about this book. One of my favourites is the story of Mr Tenducci the Castrato and his marriage to the fifteen year old Miss Dorothea Maunsell with this rather wonderful quote "I can only postulate that the husband's privy parts have not been deem'd deficient by the new Bride due to her being entirely innocent in conjugal matters"!
The adverts make you laugh out loud and if you were to "win the ads" in the Gin Lane Gazette your prizes would include: Dr Hooper's female pills for the Irregularities; various cures for "veneral taints"; a cuckoo automation; a treatise on the dangers of masturbation; an equestrian display by Mr Astley but only if his war wound allows; and the rather useful book "Directions for Married Persons and those who intend to marry" which warns against too much sexual enjoyment!
All the stories and adverts are true which make this even more remarkable and the research must have been immense but I am sure enjoyable. The illustrations are all unique to the book and drawn by Adrian Teal and the book is worth it just for them. Its a great book that you can dip in and out of whilst laughing out loud over prose and drawings. A real gem and I will always listen to the Ravenmaster in future!
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