Gin Glorious Gin, by Olivia Williams – book review: How mother’s ruin became the toast of London

Even a decade ago, this lively historical cruise round the ocean of gin would have been a publishing non-starter. Towards the end of the last century, London’s traditional spirit – neutral alcohol re-distilled with various flavourings and spices known as “botanicals” – was approximately as fashionable as the celluloid collar and the Marcel wave. According to Williams, London Dry Gin was “associated with Betjeman’s twee vision of England – of golf clubs, tennis matches and dinner parties”. You still encounter red-nosed Sixties types, who, though far from averse to other mind-altering substances, find the very mention of gin to be repugnant.









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#4: Player’s Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons)

Players Handbook

Player’s Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons)
Wizards RPG Team
4.6 out of 5 stars(105)
Release Date: August 19, 2014

Buy new: $ 49.95 $ 29.97
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Paperback reviews: Ammonites and Leaping Fish, Police, Life At The Speed of Light, The Fateful Year: England 1914, Love, Love Me Do

Ammonites and Leaping Fish by Penelope Lively (Penguin £9.99)









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#1: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

What If?

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Randall Munroe
4.4 out of 5 stars(5)
Release Date: September 2, 2014

Buy new: $ 24.00 $ 14.40

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Invisible Ink No 239: Angela Thirkell

Just as you can enjoy the novels of Virginia Woolf while finding her obsession with servants annoying, so you can appreciate Angela Thirkell even though her concerns about class clearly coloured her life.









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#2: The Bone Clocks: A Novel

The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks: A Novel
David Mitchell
4.5 out of 5 stars(16)
Release Date: September 2, 2014

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Playing to the Gallery by Grayson Perry, book review

Particular Books, £14.99. » Order at £12.99 inc. p&p from the Independent Bookshop









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#3: The Bone Clocks: A Novel

The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks: A Novel
David Mitchell
4.5 out of 5 stars(15)
Release Date: September 2, 2014

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Iced shrimp, oxygen and snooker tables: Welcome to the bizarre world of catering to rockstars as a backstage rider

In over 35 years writing about rock, pop, jazz and classical music, I’ve clocked up the hours waiting backstage for the elusive interview, ridden on tour buses and checked into some of the best and the worst hotels across mainland Europe and the US.









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#4: Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy

Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy
Ken Follett
4.5 out of 5 stars(2)
Release Date: September 16, 2014

Buy new: $ 36.00 $ 21.59

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