Dope Girls: The Birth Of The British Drug Underground

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Granta Books, Mar 7, 2013 - History - 208 pages
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A drug panic. Murder. Terrifying and mysterious black and Chinese immigrants. Dope Kings. Jazz. War. An actress dead of an overdose. Dope Girls is about the transformation of drug use into a national menace. It revolves around the death in 1918, in the last furious stages of the First World War, of Billie Carleton, a West End-musical actress. Its cast of characters includes Brilliant Chang, a Chinese restaurant proprietor, and Edgar Manning, a jazz drummer from Jamaica. Around them, in the streets off Shaftesbury Avenue and in Chinatown, swirled a raffish group of seedy and rebellious hedonists. And so the drug problem was born amid a gush of exotic tabloid detail.
 

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Contents

Nervous Disposition
13
The Daughters Inheritance
45
Female Lead
67
Unholy Rites
85
Broken Butterfly
105
Cocaine Girls in the West End
120
Pan Fu Manchu
150
From Aftermath to Aftermath
176
Index
200
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Marek Kohn is the author of The Race Gallery and As We Know it. He writes the 'Second Site' column for the Independent on Sunday and lives in Brighton.

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