The Slab

bookThe Slab: 24 Stories of Beer in Australia
Glen Humphries
January 2017
$15 + $5 postage
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The Slab is a popular history that details 24 moments in Australia’s past where beer played a part. It explains why Captain Cook brought beer with him when he discovered Australia, tells you which city was declared alcohol-free even before it was built, looks into the tale of David Boon and that infamous beer-drenched flight from Australia to the UK and shows why we ended up with the pubs closing at six o’clock for half a century.

Praise for The Slab

“History as it should be written. With beer. About beer. Crisp. Refreshing. Won’t cause bloat.”
John Birmingham (author of Leviathan and He Died With a Felafel in His Hand)

“The Slab is a full-bodied book, with a fruity aftertaste and a nose that carries the slightest hint of sawdust and vomit. I suggest you XXXX it.”
David Hunt (author of Girt and True Girt)

“The Slab is less a historical document, more a rollicking ride through a bizarrely untapped part of an openly beer worshipping nation’s past. That’s not to say you won’t learn anything; you will – and about much more than beer. But you’ll also walk away infused with the sheer joy that Glen has clearly poured into every – and I mean every – page.”
James Smith (from the Crafty Pint)

The Slab takes episodes from the long and rich saga of beer in this country – some obscure and some well-known (such as cricketer David Boon’s now legendary consumption of 52 cans on a flight to Britain) – and presents them in a highly readable way, spiced with self-deprecating humour and quirky asides.”
Max Allen, Australian Financial Review

“I loved this book and am confident you will too.”
Roger Hanson, Hobart Mercury

Purchasing options

The Slab is available paperback and eBook formats

The Slab is available at Amazon, Book Depository and you can look for other retailers at Booko.

Australian readers can buy it directly from me – autographed if you wish – via the Paypal link below )$15 + $5 postage).

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The Slab is available on eBook through the following outlets: Amazon, iBooksKobo, and Barnes & Noble.