Empire of Booze is a loose history of Britain, cleverly and humorously told through its contributions to alcohol, charting the rise of British power from its small corner of Europe to global preeminence. Each chapter features a historical period and a drink—tracing its origins and examining its impact on British culture, literature, science, philosophy and religion. Learn about how the champagne we drink today is owed to British technology for making sparkling wine; rum and India Pale Ale were developed so they could withstand the long, hot journeys to Britain's burgeoning overseas empire; whisky became the drink of choice for weary empire builders far from home; and how without alcohol, the pre-20th century global economy could not function. With drink recommendations offered throughout, you can booze while you read along. So raise a glass to Britain, the Empire of Booze, whose alcoholic innovations are some of its greatest, lasting gifts to the world.
|Publisher:||Random House UK|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Henry Jeffreys was born in Harrow, Middlesex in 1977. After graduating from the University of Leeds, where he studied English and Classical Literature, he spent so much time in Oddbins that they offered him a job. He worked in the wine trade for two years and then moved into publishing. He has also worked as a freelance journalist, book reviewer for the Telegraph, column writer for travel website momondo.com, founder member of the London Review of Breakfasts website, and contributor to the Breakfast Bible (Bloomsbury, 2013).
In 2010 he started a blog about wine called 'Henry's World of Booze' which is currently in the top ten UK alcohol blogs according to Cision. Since 2010 he has been wine columnist for The Lady magazine and is now an occasional contributor to the Spectator and Guardian on booze-related matters. Empire of Booze is his first book.