Dope Girls: Birth of the British Drug Underground, Paperback Book

Dope Girls: Birth of the British Drug Underground Paperback


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 World War I, 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.

The drug problem was born, amid a gush of exotic tabloid detail.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781862076181

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