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The Gin Lane Gazette: A Profusely Illustrated Compendium of Devilish Scandal and Oddities from the Darkest Recesses of Georgian England Hardcover – 2 Apr 2013

4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • 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)
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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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What if Heat magazine had been around in Georgian England?

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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!
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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.
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I can imagine no better way into the bawdy, scandalous world of Georgian England than through the delightful illustrations of Adrian Teal. For a century that saw the likes of witty, talented caricaturists such as Thomas Rowlandson, James Gillray and Isaac Cruickshank - Gin Lane Gazette seems perfectly fitted for the period it focuses on, so much so that you can almost believe it was a real 18th-century newspaper.

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!
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I loved The Gin Lane Gazette - it is easily one of the most distinctive books I have ever read (and that's somewhere in the low zillions), being a series of facsimile newspapers deploying the most entertaining 'red top' material of the indubitably lively Georgian era, specifically the period 1750 to 1800.

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.
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