The Faber Book of Smoking

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ISBN 9780571207503 Format Paperback
Published 05/11/2001 Length 352 pages

About Book

Since the day that Christopher Columbus first observed native Americans 'with firebrands in their hands and herbs to smoke after their custom', tobacco has wound its way into every corner of modern life. In its various forms smoking has soothed and irritated us, inspired and stupefied us, beguiled us on screen and outraged us in train carriages.

Robert Burton wrote in The Anatomy of Melancholy that tobacco was divine, 'a sovereign remedy to all diseases'. Nearly four centuries later, the Oxford Medical Companion dryly noted that tobacco is the only legally available consumer product that kills people when it is used entirely as intended. We've come a long way, baby.

With contributions from the likes of Sir Walter Raleigh and Kenneth Williams, Samuel Johnson and Helen Fielding, The Faber Book of Smoking tells the fascinating story of one of humankind's most persistent and peculiar habits.

  • Edited By: James Walton

    James Walton is the television critic for the Daily Telegraph and has been the writer and presenter of Radio 4's books quiz, The Write Stuff since 1998. (Sadly, his Radio 4 pop quiz All the Way from Memphis didn't last quite as long.) His first book was The Faber Book of Smoking, which was published to great critical acclaim back in the far-off days when you could still smoke in pubs.

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