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The Faber Book of Smoking By James Walton (Books Editor)

The Faber Book of Smoking by James Walton (Books Editor)

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Summary

Since the day that Christopher Columbus first observed native Americans 'with firebrands in their hands and herbs to smoke after their custom', tobacco has wound its way into every corner of modern life.

The Faber Book of Smoking Summary

The Faber Book of Smoking by James Walton (Books Editor)

Since the day that Christopher Columbus first observed native Americans 'with firebrands in their hands and herbs to smoke after their custom', tobacco has wound its way into every corner of modern life. In its various forms smoking has soothed and irritated us, inspired and stupefied us, beguiled us on screen and outraged us in train carriages. Robert Burton wrote in The Anatomy of Melancholy that tobacco was divine, 'a sovereign remedy to all diseases'. Nearly four centuries later, the Oxford Medical Companion dryly noted that tobacco is the only legally available consumer product that kills people when it is used entirely as intended. We've come a long way, baby. With contributions from the likes of Sir Walter Raleigh and Kenneth Williams, Samuel Johnson and Helen Fielding, The Faber Book of Smoking tells the fascinating story of one of humankind's most persistent and peculiar habits.

The Faber Book of Smoking Reviews

'A marvellously addictive, reach-for-the-fags anthology. It veers effortlessly between the howlingly funny and the grimly compelling.' India Knight, Sunday Times; 'On inhalation it's as intoxicating as its subject matter. Neither didactic in argument nor too loose in construction, it offers a wealth of material... Ultimately what sets this collection apart from many others is its passion.' Financial Times

About James Walton (Books Editor)

James Walton is the television critic for the Daily Telegraph and has been the writer and presenter of Radio 4's books quiz, The Write Stuff since 1998. (Sadly, his Radio 4 pop quiz All the Way from Memphis didn't last quite as long.) His first book was The Faber Book of Smoking, which was published to great critical acclaim back in the far-off days when you could still smoke in pubs.

Additional information

GOR002041471
The Faber Book of Smoking by James Walton (Books Editor)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Faber & Faber
2001-11-05
352
0571207502
9780571207503
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