The Local takes us through the pubs of London on the eve of the Second World War. With Edward Ardizzone and Maurice Gorham as our guides, we experience a vanished world of tin whistle musicians, Jug-and-Bottle and Ladies’ Bars, games of dominoes, pints of mother-in-law and wallop.
Edward Ardizzone remains one of Britain’s best-loved artists. He was at his happiest in London’s pubs, and nowhere is this affection better illustrated than in The Local, out-of-print since much of the stock was destroyed in the Blitz 70 years ago.
Illustrations by Edward Ardizzone Text by Maurice Gorham
Introduced by Malcolm Yorke. Published by Little Toller books