SHAKESPEARE’S PUB

20 Aug
St. Martin's  Press 2012 - soft cover St. Martin's Griffin 2014 - Historical Fiction 334 pages 352 including Timeline; Chroniclers; Bibliography; and, Acknowledgements - all of which you really should read.

St. Martin’s Press 2012 – soft cover St. Martin’s Griffin 2014 – Historical Fiction 334 pages 352 including Timeline; Chroniclers; Bibliography; and, Acknowledgements – all of which you really should read.

Here’s another book full of British wit, with a discernible difference from the last book I tried to read, this one is actually funny, smart, and full of historical trivia that I found to be very informative. Brown weaves his knowledge of beer around a very fascinating history lesson neighboring one of London’s oldest Pubs, The George Inn located on Borough High Street in Borough, London aka Southwark.

This book has entertaining facts that provides a launching pad into a sort of Travel and Literary Guide through six centuries of London’s history as seen through the windows of The George. The title implies that The George Inn was William Shakespeare’s local, and, for the sake of literacy, we’ll just say it was. Especially since Shakespeare lived in Southwark where the pub, and where also the Globe Playhouse (Shakespeare’s own) are located – so then, it makes sense.

In the book, we read about Charles Dickens, who imbibed a few drinks there and makes mention of the pub in his novel Little Dorrit; and Chaucer whose pilgrims made their way from The Tabard (a pub next to the George, demolished in the 19th century), into Canterbury – there’s so much more (did someone say ghosts?) but these were my favorites.

This has been a romp of a ride, getting to know the area surrounding the Thames and London Bridge through the words of Pete Brown who makes you feel like you’re right there inside the pub with him as he talks and talks and talks. Well researched.

Those of you who live in London may want to read this book and actually take a walk along the many streets and locales mentioned. I would if I were there.

Read more here.

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