Gin, Glorious Gin by Olivia Williams
Olivia Williams leads readers through a brief history of gin, the underbelly of the Gin Craze, Mother's Ruin, Gin Palaces, Hogarth and Dickens. The story detours through the Empire (with a G&T in hand), to the emergence of cocktail bars in the West End and is brought up-to-date with the resurgence of the category in recent years.
Gin, Glorious Gin is quirky and informative. Whilst 'from grime to grandeur' may be the message she presents, Williams delves into the spirit with passion and poise.
For those who have read other books about the juniper based spirit, from Richard Barnett’s “The Dedalus Book of Gin” or Jessica Warner’s “Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason” – Gin, Glorious Gin doesn’t really cover new territory. That said, it is effortlessly digestible and a thoroughly enjoyable read. It’s a fantastic book for those who are looking for a holistic view, with more than just an intro into the category but without getting bogged down with mountains of historical trivia either.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Headline (28 Aug 2014)
Product dimensions: 14.5 x 3.1 x 22.2 cm