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GIN: The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva

The Eighteenth Century Gin Craze
By Patrick Dillon

Justin, Charles & Co.
Hardcover, History/Cultural Studies, 368 pp., 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
20 b&w illustrations
$27.95, ISBN: 1-932112-00-6

"When a man is tired of London," said Samuel Johnson in 1750, "he is tired of life." The London of Johnson and Boswell, of Henry Fielding and William Hogarth, was bursting with energy, enterprise and risk. It was also deeply mired in one of direst drug epidemics the world has ever seen. GIN: The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva is a fascinating chronicle of a time when the social, economic, and political machinery of Britain was kept lubricated by this cheap, plentiful, and often deadly elixir. Brilliantly researched, with far reaching implications for the drug wars of our time, this is a fast-paced chronicle of the making, selling, and regulating of a powerful intoxicant, and of its disastrous effects on ordinary people.


"A fascinating tale, ringing with authentic voices."
— Jenny Uglow, London Sunday Times, 1 July 2002


Patrick Dillon is a London architect, a writer of crime novels, and is passionately interested in the city and it’s history (more).


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