You work in a pub, you probably live in a pub too, and undoubtedly eat and drink in one, so why not read about pubs in your spare time too?

The Pub Manifesto: A Comedian Stands Up For Pubs is James Dowdeswell's ode to pubs and a call to arms to try and save them.

The son of a publican, James has been researching and writing the book for the last three years and it is based on his stand-up show, James Dowdeswell's Perfect Pub, which he toured in Australia, at The Edinburgh Fringe and festivals all over the UK.


James Dowdiswell


"I love pubs, and I am very grateful to have teamed up with CAMRA to write a book on my favourite subject," he said.

"With the numbers of pubs still in decline, it is more important than ever to remember why we love them and why we should help save them. I hope this book encourages its readers to head back to their local.

"Eighteen pubs close down per week. That is a shocking statistic. Three years ago, when I started writing this book, it was 29 - so if I keep writing, maybe it will keep coming down!"

The book looks at the quirks of British pubs from interior design, wine in pubs, soft drinks and the designated driver, pub games, pub dogs and includes his own take on George Orwell's 'Moon Under Water' essay.

Fellow comedians, Jon Richardson and Russell Howard have both given The Pub Manifesto their seal of approval.

It is available from the CAMRA bookshop.