The Search for the Perfect Pub : Looking for the Moon Under Water Paperback
Inspired by George Orwell, Paul Moody and Robin Turner take a nostalgic road trip around Britain in search of the perfect pub. 'A deeply satisfying travelogue' Stuart MaconieIn 1946, George Orwell, a man fond of a pint, wrote about his favourite pub, The Moon Under Water, in his EVENING STANDARD column.
But it didn't actually exist. It was Orwell's vision of a perfect pub. Today, Wetherspoons have fourteen Moon Under Waters, and the nation is awash with identikit, high-street lounge bars competing for a dwindling clientele.Paul Moody and Robin Turner's road trip around Britain, therefore, is not just a search for the perfect pub.
It is a deeper investigation into what has happened to British pub culture, once the toast of the world.
In fact, it is a search for a kind of life-force kindled by the British public, something the powers-that-be are forever trying to extinguish.Along the way, such luminaries as Pete Brown ('the King of Beer'), Tim Martin (Wetherspoon's boss), Iain Sinclair, James Dean Bradfield and Paul Kingsnorth are consulted - along with a host of micro-brewers, landlords, politicians, bloggers and barroom philosophers.
What emerges is a picture of the country as seen through a pint glass, a vision that goes to the heart of what it means to be British.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 04/04/2013
- Category: Popular culture
- ISBN: 9781409139287
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