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Tea and Taste:
The Glasgow Tea Rooms, 1875-1975

Perilla Kinchin

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Glasgow invented tea rooms and they became a distinctive and much-loved feature of its social and business life. The legendary Miss Cranston brought them international fame through her penchant for the avant garde 'Glasgow Style': Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed for her with dazzling inventiveness over two decades.
The book sets the Mackintosh tea rooms in their distinctive urban context, exploring changing social habits over a century. Packed with fascinating detail, Tea and Taste will stir nostalgic memories for those who still remember Glasgow's very special tea rooms.

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'Kinchin provides an expert and seamless combination of social analysis and art criticism, a beautifully written and highly entertaining cultural history of Glasgow over the last one hundred years.' (Times Literary Supplement

'this is a book as much for the general read as for the specialist and one which no Glaswegian nor social or design historian of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Britain can afford to be without' (C. R. Mackintosh Society Newsletter)

'This is a wonderful book.' (Scottish Local History)

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Perilla Kinchin studied classics at Newnham College Cambridge, Victoria BC and Oxford, and became a part-time lecturer in Classics for Trinity and Merton Colleges, Oxford. A happy mid-life change of direction brought her to social history. In 1988 she wrote a book on Glasgow's Great Exhibitions with her sister, and founded White Cockade Publishing.

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ISBN 0 9513124 3 X paperback £16.99 (inc p&p)
Published in paperback in 1996 (first edition 1991)
208 pp., 240 x 172 mm., 126 b&w ill., bibliog., index

Few copies left: available only to individuals by direct order