- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Unbound (2 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908717750
- ISBN-13: 978-1908717757
- Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.7 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gin Lane Gazette: A Profusely Illustrated Compendium of Devilish Scandal and Oddities from the Darkest Recesses of Georgian England Hardcover – 2 Apr 2013
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"Beautifully produced…a pleasure indeed" (History Today)
"Consistently hilarious…beautifully authentic…an absolute pleasure" (British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies)
"Fast-paced and funny…every page is beautifully decorated… If I were Michael Gove (which thank God I am not), I would insist that this book be fixed into the A Level curriculum" (Rebecca Rideal The History Vault)
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Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.
From the moment I opened up this book, I couldn't put it down. It'll have you laughing (and blushing) till the end.
I highly recommend it!
Researched, written, and Superbly Drawn by the talented caricaturist Adrian Teal the whole book is a tour de force; using peerless layout to present a trove of true stories (sometimes unbelievably so) of a quality that would instantly make worldwide headlines around the internet today.
Such as? The riot at Harrow School in 1771 (echoing both If.... and Strangeways 1990), our MPs duelling in Hyde Park in 1779 (loads of duels, loads), and the first dramatic replay, in 1790, of the Bounty Mutiny (starring one Mr William Bourke as Marlon Brando). The quality never dims from start to finish: there are several fine wagers, including the treasure concerning inaugural membership of a proposed one thousand-yard-high-club, and contemporary lost dog and lonely heart want-ads paint touching little vignettes while acting as effective pace-changers.
It goes without saying that the whole is superbly drawn by the talented Mr Teal (albeit that some of the female life models may have been feeling the cold). The time that must have been involved in both the researching and the illustrating is seriously mind-boggling.
Life was breathed into the book through the crowd-funding method being developed by the new publishers, Unbound. (I should declare my interest in having assisted here). If The Gin-Lane Gazette is the glorious standard of the books to come then there's clearly everything to be said for the wisdom of crowds.
A Very Highly Recommended Read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book.
Witty, entertaining and packed with interesting stories from the 18th century, all wonderfully illustrated with Mr. Teal's elegant caricatures. Read more
I was a bit disappointed with this - I expected something closer to the period in feel.Published on 12 May 2015 by Garry
I found this book when it was first published by Unbound and enjoyed it so much I decided to buy it as a present for some friends. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2013 by Burnt Oak Bob
A far cry from the propriety of Jane Austen, here's the seamy underside of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Read morePublished on 5 July 2013 by katrina
Be prepared to read this book, then read it and find something new, then read it again. Brilliantly drawn, witty and wonderfully gut wrenchingly funny at the same time. Read morePublished on 22 April 2013 by Mr Now and Again
A great book for "Dad". I highly recommend it. This is a book which can be read in small units, and provokes a laugh at every page.Published on 12 April 2013 by graham teal
I was given a copy of the Unbound version, and I love it. It's beautifully illustrated, beautifully presented and hilarious too - it's a cracker of a book, and well worth reading.Published on 8 April 2013 by K. Ludlow
As a journalist myself, I lapped up the Gin Lane Gazette. The scandalous stories and utterly outrageous behaviour from the eighteenth century made for a right rip-roaring read. Read morePublished on 7 April 2013 by Tanya