Pete Brown: Shakespeare’s Local


This is one of those books that I’ve owned way too long before I finally get around to reading them: The discursive — in the best sense –, rollicking tale of one London (or rather, Southwark) pub from its earliest days in the Middle Ages to the 21st century, telling the history of Southwark, London, public houses, and their patrons along the way.  The title is glorious conjecture and based on little more than the fact that the pub is near the location of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (combined with the equally demonstrable fact that Shakespeare loved a good ale and what today we’d call a pub crawl) … so it’s highly likely that, like many another celebrity over the centuries, he’d have had the occasional pint at this particular inn, the George, as well.

Highly recommended for history fans, pub crawlers and aficionados of London alike.

3 thoughts on “Pete Brown: Shakespeare’s Local

  1. Murder by Death says:

    This sounds like fun! It also sounds like one of those books I’d buy because it sounded good but then would sit on my TBR for a *really* long time before I read it. But … I’m going to make a note of it and see if I can find the audio at the library. I’ll listen to it much sooner than I’d read it.

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