Not So Sweet Stuff
BBC History Magazine|September 2017
Not So Sweet Stuff

DAVID OLUSOGA admires a new work tracing the history of our damaging love affair with sugar

David Olusoga

The idea of exploring the past through the history of a single crop has been around for a while. What is striking about James Walvin’s new book is that, while focusing solely on sugar, it does not restrict itself to the past. Rather, it takes the story of perhaps the most transformative and destructive boom-crop of all time and brings it disturbingly into the present day.

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September 2017