Monday, 11 June 2012

Roll Out the Books

I've been watching Roll Out the Barrel, a new DVD from the British Film Institute of information and promotional films about pubs.

As far as I know, there's no equivalent compendium of writing about pubs. In English literature, the novels of Patrick Hamilton are most connected to pubs, closely followed by those of Charles Dickens, George Orwell and Graham Greene. In German, Hermann Hesse and Franz Kafka describe with evident relish the taverns and beer gardens of their youth.

It seems to me that publishers are missing a trick here. I'd buy such a book, as would I'm sure lots of other people.

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