Sex and drugs and woman's role


Marek Kohn, Grant books, UK, 2001, Softcover, 202 pages.


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In this entertaing and illuminating book, Marek Kohn vividly records the cocaine scandels and moral panics which followed the end of the First World War, as drug use (especially of opium and cocaine, only criminalized in 1916) was transformed into a national menace.


The cast of characters include Billie Carleton, a West End musical actress, whose highly publicized death from an overdose in 1918 fuelled public anxiety; Brilliant Chang, a Chinese restaurant propietor, and Edgar Manning, a jazz drummer from Jamaica - identified as the villians of the affair and invested with a highly charged sexual menace. Around them in the streets off Shaftesbury Avenue and in Chinatown swirled a raffish group of seedy and rebellious hedonists. The drug problem was born, amid a gush of exotic tabloid detail.


This timely reissue of this cult classic, with a new afterword by the author, reveals the roots of today's drug 'crisis' and provides crucial background for the current debate about de-criminalization.



Condition: New. book has minor corner and cover dings fron shelf wear.

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