Dope Girls : The Birth Of The British Drug Underground Paperback / softback
by Marek Kohn
A drug panic. Murder. Terrifying and mysterious black and Chinese immigrants.
Dope Kings. Jazz. War. An actress dead of an overdose. Dope Girls is about the transformation of drug use into a national menace.
It revolves around the death in 1918, in the last furious stages of the First World War, of Billie Carleton, a West End-musical actress.
Its cast of characters includes Brilliant Chang, a Chinese restaurant proprietor, and Edgar Manning, a jazz drummer from Jamaica.
Around them, in the streets off Shaftesbury Avenue and in Chinatown, swirled a raffish group of seedy and rebellious hedonists. And so the drug problem was born amid a gush of exotic tabloid detail.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 208 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Granta Books
- Publication Date: 01/11/2003
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781862076181
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