Cheers! Paperback – Oct 27 2009
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About the Author
NICHOLAS PASHLEY, born in Sussex, England, is a career bookseller well known for his erudition and sardonic wit. He was the trade book buyer and purchasing manager for The University of Toronto Bookstore for 20 years and also the editor/writer of The U of T Bookstore Review. He has served as a director of the Canadian Booksellers Association and as a juror for the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Awards and the Journey Prize. For many years, he has also been a member of the Campaign for Real Ale. A long-time resident of Toronto and a connoisseur of pubs and publishing, Pashley now devotes his time to hosting literary events and writing his next book.
Top Customer Reviews
Contrary to another reviewer's comment, I thought Pashley's comments about Toronto were rather deprecating in a humourous way. I recently visited Toronto and couldn't find a decent IPA anywhere. I know from various websites that Toronto has many craft breweries. However, most of the regular pubs there seem to only have a wide selection of beers courtesy of Anheuser-Busch InBev (yes I mean Stella, Beck's, Bodington's, etc.). When I asked for an IPA, the barkeeps would look at me puzzled and say, "we have Keith's".
If you like craft beer, you'll love this book. If not, perhaps you'll learn to appreciate the efforts of hard working Canadians and stop supporting the foreign brewers.
A valuable addition to the body of literature on 'Canadian culture.'
I find it difficult to believe that this book should ever be considered humorous due to the dryness of the author.
The second half of the book soon becomes a journal full of the authors opinions of cask conditioned ail, and travels of this great country we live in.
He is very much in love with the city of Toronto he lives in and it is defiantly shown throughout the entire novel.
All in all a good read, a more apropreate title of the book should be CHEERS to Nicholas Pashley in Canada