Dope Girls: The Birth Of The British Drug Underground

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Granta Books, Mar 7, 2013 - History - 208 pages
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

Title Page
Nervous Disposition
Snow on Their Boots
The Daughters Inheritance
The Fascination of the Oriental
Female Lead
Unholy Rites
Broken Butterfly
Cocaine Girls in the West
Pan Fu Manchu
From Aftermath to Aftermath
Notes
Index
About the Author
Copyright

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Marek Kohn is the author of several books, including Dope Girls: The Birth of the British Drug Underground, The Race Gallery and As We Know it. He lives in Brighton with his family.

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