As a keen London historian and even keener lover of gin, Olivia Williams’ first book brings together her two passions to create a history of the city told through its favourite spirit. Charting gin’s eclectic journey through London since 1690, Olivia brings the story right up to the flourishing ‘ginnaisance’ that the city is now enjoying. GIN GLORIOUS GIN: How Mother’s Ruin Became the Spirit of London was published in August 2014 by Headline.
Since graduating with a scholarship in Modern History from Oxford in 2010, she has written for a range of publications including The Times, the Daily Mail, and The Lady magazine. A particularly popular article in The Independent this year resulted in her appearing as a guest speaker at the Cambridge Union.
Olivia currently writes about food and, more importantly, drink for the Evening Standard and Harper’s Bazaar.