Granted, it was the art of illustrator Reginald Heade that stopped me, but the understated nature of the flyleaf, so British, drew me in. And, by gosh, the stories are terrific, ripping yarns. So glad I found and bought this.

(Just a tip: If you do buy this, skip “Voodoo.” It’s nauseatingly racist.)


Back to the Local

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Illustrations by Edward Ardizzone from Back to the Local (1949) by Maurice Gorham, a loving memoir about English public houses (pubs). An earlier volume, The Local, came out just as World War II was starting. The publisher’s building was bombed out in the Blitz; all of the plates and unsold copies of The Local were lost. So, after the war, Gorham and Ardizzone wrote and illustrated the book again, from scratch, and called it Back to the Local.

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