Rough Spirits & High Society: The Culture of Drink with Ruth Ball

Exploring the Culture of Drink with Author Ruth Ball


Dec 12th 2017 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


The Last Tuesday Society invites you join us as wel explore "Rough Spirits & High Society: The Culture of Drink" with author Ruth Ball.

The tavern, the inn, the coffee house, the tea shop: these are places where, throughout history, we have met and socialised and where the issues of the day could be discussed over a drink. Rough Spirits and High Society shows the surprising, often subversive ways in which drinking has changed the world, and the ways in which society has struggled to control the places where people drink. Postal services developed between networks of inns and enabled modern communication. The first insurance companies were created in the coffee houses. Gin palaces prompted moral outrage. The suffragette movement found its birthplace in tea shops which allowed women to meet across social classes. This generously illustrated book unveils the little-known ways that drinks, whether alcoholic or caffeinated, have found their place at the centre of our social and political lives.

The newly released book will be available for sale on the night.

Ruth Ball is the award-nominated author of Rebellious Spirits: An Illicit History of Spirits in Britain. She is also the founder and Head Alchemist at Alchemist Dreams, a company dedicated to making handmade liqueurs blended to order.

7:00pm - Doors open
7:30pm-8:30pm - Talk lead by author Ruth Ball followed by a brief Q&A
8:30pm-9:30pm - Bar remains open for post-lecture cocktails

Seating is arranged on a first come, first served basis.

**Please note the bar and book sales will be cash only during this event. There is a free cashpoint available at Sainsbury's just a few doors down.