Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain

Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain

By: Ruth Ball

ISBN: 9781783961795
eBook ISBN: 9781783961801
Cover: Hardback
Published: October 1, 2015
Size: 211x148mm
Page Count: 272 pages


Shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Debut Drink Book of the Year Award 2016

A delicious taste of the secret, exciting and often dangerous history of illicit spirits

Britain has always been a nation of enthusiastic drinkers. Any attempt to regulate, limit or ban our favourite tipple has been met with imaginative and daring acts of defiance: selling gin through pipes in a London back alley; smuggling brandy across Cornish clifftops; or dodging bombs and shrapnel running whisky in the Blitz.

The history of spirits in Britain has more illicit in it than licit – and that history has shaped these isles. Packed with wild stories, as well as authentic recipes from the past,¬†Rebellious Spirits¬†reveals the colourful characters and tall tales behind Britain’s long and lively love affair with booze.

  • Full of great stories about the sordid and often lethal business of illegal alcohol

    - Henry Jeffreys, The Guardian Best Drink Books of 2015
  • For boozy, literary-minded dreamers… a lively and engaging read

  • Many laugh out loud moments… I absolutely loved the recipes….It’s such an interesting book that I am sure I will pick it up again for many years to come. It has certainly made drinking whisky and gin much more interesting… just the right amount of history and humour

    - The Book Magnet
  • An engaging, witty and informative read for anyone interested in the colourful and exciting history of booze


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