Marooned On An Island Monographs: A History of Drinking Reading List

the many-headed monster

Mark Hailwood

With the school holidays imminent it seemed like a good time to offer another instalment of our summer series of beach books for the historically inclined. I would understand, albeit with a tinge of sadness, if you thought the social, economic or religious histories of early modern England were a bit sober for those long hot afternoons by the pool. But perhaps if I put on my other hat for this list – as a historian of drinking culture – I might be able to offer some suggestions more fitting to be consumed alongside a few cheeky cocktails. So here are my top 5 suggestions for a crash course on the history of drinking…

1) Peter Clark, The English Alehouse: A Social History, 1200-1830 (1983)

Best consumed with pint and crisps in a sunny beer garden Best consumed with pint and crisps in a sunny beer garden

Start with this, one of the founding texts of the drinking studies…

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