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Description - A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth

A comic history of humankind's love affair with booze, from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of The Etymologicon

Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle.

A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way- What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies.

This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780241359242
ISBN-10: 0241359244
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mark Forsyth

Mark Forsyth's The Etymologicon was a Sunday Times Number One Bestseller and his TED Talk 'What's a snollygoster?' has had more than half a million views. He has also written a specially commissioned essay 'The Unknown Unknown' for Independent Booksellers Week and the introduction for the new edition of the Collins English Dictionary. He lives in London with his dictionaries, and blogs at blog.inkyfool.com.

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