The Local: A History of the English Pub

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Tempus, 2007 - Bars (Drinking establishments) - 288 pages
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The pub has been the heart and soul of British life for centuries. But how has this unique institution changed over the last few hundred years? Paul Jennings traces the history of the British pub, and looks at how it evolved from the eighteenth century's coaching inns and humble alehouses, back-street beer houses and 'fine, flaring' gin palaces to the drinking establishments of the twenty-first century. Covering all aspects of pub life, this fascinating history covers pubs in cities and rural areas, seaports and industrial towns. It identifies trends and discusses architectural and internal design, the brewing and distilling industries and the cultural significance of drink in society. Looking at everything from music and games to opening times and how they have affected anti-social behaviour, "The Local" is a must-read for every self-respecting pub-goer, from landlady to lager-lout.

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Australian writer, Paul Jennings was born in England on April 30, 1943. He moved to Australia when he was six years old. He attended Frankston Teachers College and became a teacher. He then attended Lincoln Institute and became a speech pathologist. In 1989, he decided to become a full-time writer. His first title Unreal!, winner of a Young Australians' Best Book Award (YABBA), was published in 1985. His other works include the Singenpoo series, the Wicked! series, the Deadly! series, and The Nest. He has won numerous awards including the Kids Reading Oz Choice Award, the Books I Like Best Yearly Award, the Angus and Robertson Bookworld Award and a COOL Award for his title The Paw Thing. He also received the Golden Puffin Award in 1992 for selling 1 million books in Australia. In addition to writing, he visits school and lectures at conferences and seminars on encouraging children to read.

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