20th Century Pub
By Jessica Boak & Ray Bailey
£16.99 including P&P to UK mainland.
From Beer House to Booze Bunker
Meticulously researched, engagingly written and highly informative, this is the definitive book about the social history and culture of a particularly British institution.
Current edition: 2017
Pages: 256 (with black and white plates)
Published by: The Homewood Press
Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey have been blogging about beer at boakandbailey.com since 2007. In 2015 they won the British Guild of Beer Writers Beer Writer of the Year Award and in 2016 followed up with the Fortnum & Mason Online Drinks Writer of the Year Award.
Their first book, Brew Britannia (2013) was a much-praised history of the late 20th century UK beer revival.
Their second, 20th Century Pub, tells the story of the pub and its role in British life during the 20th century. The culmination of more than a decade looking at and thinking about pubs of all kinds from every angle, by means of evocative oral history, interviews and historic documents.
The pair’s inimitable and entertaining writing style – responsible for making their beer blog so popular – engages the reader immediately. With the very existence of the pub considered under threat, this cornerstone of British life is examined and celebrated by two award-winning drinks writers – who met in a pub.
Meticulously researched, engagingly written and highly informative, this is the definitive book about the social history and culture of a particularly British institution. It delves into the various guises of the English pub throughout the 20th Century: from early working pubs, 1930s moderne and mock-Tudor roadside taverns to 1980s theme pubs, community pubs and the emergence of the micropub.
A black-and-white plate section illustrates how our beloved pub has changed over the last 100 years.