Back to the Local

Back to the Local

Non-Fiction, History & Politics
Paperback Published on: 06/06/2024
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Back to the Local
A charming snapshot of history
I received a reading copy from the publishers and was looking forward to reading something a bit different. The front cover displays a quote which calls it... READ MORE
Chelsea at Lichfield
Back to the Local
A nugget of nostalgia
A charming little book that takes us back to the days of post-war London. It is a lovely slice of nostalgia for what was in many cases the hub of the commu... READ MORE
Neil at Staines


In this love letter to the London pub, our genial guide takes the reader through all aspects of the local hostelry as it was in the 1940s - a time of dark wood, dark corners and dark beer. Back to the Local is a fascinating nostalgic ramble around the post-war pubs of London: we are introduced to The Regulars and Barmaids Old and New; we venture into the familiar surroundings of the Saloon Lounge, Saloon Bar and Public Bar and squeeze into possibly the lesser known Jug-And-Bottle Bar, where customers queue to buy ale to drink elsewhere; we learn about 'lost' drinks such as 'The Mother-in-Law' or 'The Snort'. A truly memorable pub crawl, illustrated by the wonderfully atmospheric drawings of Edward Ardizzone.

This edition features a fold out map showing the pubs featured in the book which are still trading, plus a new preface by Robert Elms.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571386987
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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