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  • By Claire Griffin
    Apr 18, 2009
    "The Licence" I started chuckling in the first chapter and was hooked. A great read for anyone who has ever worked in a pub - or drunk in one! Written with great warmth and wit.
  • By Julie Wilkinson
    Jun 15, 2008
    "A Peoplelogue of a crazy pub life" When I meet new people - especially folks with a few years on the clock (forgive me, Mary!) - I often wonder what they did prior to what they do, and are, now. When meeting Mary Rose for the first time, I rather assumed she'd led an interesting life, and this account of her life and times running 2 pubs does not disappoint. I've called it a peoplelogue because it reads rather like a travelogue but without much travelling; just loads of people! So the reader is carried along with the lives, loves, ups and downs of this very normal, British family and the characters they encounter in this live-and-work environment of a public house. I don't know Essex at all - one of the very few regions of England I haven't lived in in my 40+ years - yet it came alive to me, drawing me back to similar times I've shared with friends and associates in similar country pubs. I even met the love of my life (over 20 years and still together) in a pub, albeit a... More > city one, but where the landlord had created a similar ambience. So, after a hard day's graft in banking, I would enter this room reeking of old leather seats, stale beer and even staler smoke, to be greeted by at least one familiar face and the unwind drink. I'd walked into a home - a welcome! The Chequers pub, and Mary Rose's family, had clearly achieved the same effect. Mary Rose tells her tales well - just the right balance of tears and laughter. She also tells it as it is - no-one in their right minds would read this and say 'Let's run a pub!'! In short, it's a story of REAL people, a family living through a period of their lives on which at least one of them looks back fondly.< Less
  • By ANM
    Aug 26, 2007
    "The Licence" Having known Mary for over 8 years now, I am well acquainted with her knack for disarmingly candid remarks so, when in her first interview with the brewery officials she says, "I usually drink my mistakes. It's such a shame to throw anything away, don't you think?", I was not surprised. However her bicycle escapade near the end of the book was quite a surprise, though we all did things in the past that we might not do today (or would you do it again even now, Mary?). The Licence not only tells the story of the life of an East Anglian village publican but also gives a nice glimpse of life in the 70s when the zeitgeist was one of positive thinking and alternative ways of living. I especially enjoyed the tales of Osea island which reminded me of some wonderful times I'd had during that era in special, out-of-the-way places. An entertaining read.
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Product Details

First Edition
Mary Rose
May 31, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.58 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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