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Fact is Stranger than Fiction,
This review is from: The Gin Lane Gazette (Hardcover)
As an academic historian, I was wary about a book that purported to be historically accurate but was wrapped in the guise of a fictional 18th-century newspaper.
It turns out my fears were unfounded.
Gin Lane Gazette is meticulously well-researched. It's obvious that Mr Teal spent years digging through archival material in order to recreate a Georgian world that is both entertaining and authentic. Each page is packed with shocking stories from the past that would easily make headlines in today's scandal sheets. You may think Mr Teal is making these things up, but he's not!
Even his caricatures reflect the depth of his knowledge about the Georgian period. As the book progresses chronologically through the 18th century, the clothing changes to reflect new fashion trends. Men's collars--noticeably absent in the 1760s and 1770s--suddenly appear with great fanfare in the 1780s. Women's wigs get higher and higher with each passing decade until they take up entire pages. Even the prices of the fictional newspaper increase, accurately reflecting the rate of inflation for this period. And don't get me started on the authentic fonts!
Mr Teal doesn't miss a trick.
Gin Lane Gazette is one-of-a-kind journey into the past which truly pays homage to the adage: fact is stranger than fiction.