There is a preconceived idea of how a pub should look and feel in the eyes of the British. The ambience and communal buzz of the pub are as important as the drinks. These pubs are not just a drinking ground for the British, they are considered spaces where radicalism thrives. Pubs are known as the ‘Third place”: a place outside of work and home where people of all classes and social strata are the same and a place where ideas and stories are shared.
Lucas’s book caters to this theme of pubs where he talks about the ambience and the culture that exists in these pubs and all his encounters with the people he met there. The stories were extracted from the characters living in the grey-and-black economy of the country. These were the places where thinkers, workers and radicals were one, and where school teachers and site labourers exchanged literature about the world.
This understanding of the British psyche and the movements that flourished and died in these pubs is important for informing talk of socialism. They have always been the centre of free expression which is made freer by the effects of the drink as the night grows older.