Tag: Drinking

Ruth Ball – Rebellious Spirits | Review

Title: Rebellious Spirits

Author: Ruth Ball

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 262

Rating 4/5



Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

If I have one piece of advice going into this book, it’s for you to stick with it. That’s because I wasn’t too convinced by the first twenty pages and so I switched it out and made it my “bedtime book”, which means I decided to get through it bit by bit before going to sleep. Then I actually picked it up and enjoyed it so much that I switched it out as my main book and ended up reading it in a day.

It’s basically just what it claims to be: the true story of smugglers, illegal brewers and other “audacious tales of drinking on the wrong side of the law”. It’s well-written and well-researched and while I did spot a couple of typos, I could live with them. In fact, I thought the overall editing was pretty tight apart from that, and it certainly didn’t make it any less of a book. Even the cover is excellent.

So all in all, whether you’re a drinker or not, I’d definitely suggest giving this one a go. I particularly liked the way that it took us through British history, making it easy to understand the different laws and taxes and the effect that they had on the average man on the street. Ball also includes the true stories of literally hundreds of different people from both sides of the law, and she stays neutral throughout, which is what you need from non-fiction. Good stuff!



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John Cheever – Drinking | Review

Title: Drinking

Author: John Cheever

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 124

Rating: 4/5


John Cheever - Drinking

John Cheever – Drinking


What we have  here is a collection of short stories about drinking by an alcoholic, so perhaps it’s no surprise that I enjoyed them. John Cheever’s writing style doesn’t necessarily feel unique, but it does wash over you and it greets you like an old friend.

My only real quibble here is that a few of the stories seemed to meander on for too long without having any real end goal in sight. But then, in many ways that reflects what it’s like to be a drunk, I guess. And the man could write, so it’s hard to grumble too much. And overall, I definitely liked it.


John Cheever


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