Author(s): Jeremy Scott
'Cocaine's not addictive, darling. I should know, I've been taking for years.' That airy disclaimer, uttered by Tallulah Bankhead, has long been an article of faith for coke's legion of fans - and little has changed since cocaine's sensational debut in the Belle Epoque. Alternately glorified and demonised, hailed as a miraculous cure-all or blamed for society's failings, the White Lady has gone global. Today, she is the stimulant of choice for European partiers and stressed-out bankers alike - and everyone from producer to consumer is playing a high-stakes game. In Coke, Natalia Naish and Jeremy Scott recount the sweeping history of cocaine since its first appearance, charting the highs and lows from pre-history to the present day. With personality-led stories of its more notorious users, including Sigmund Freud, Stevie Nicks, Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse, the tale is rich in anecdote, often tragic and sometimes hilarious. Neither moralistic nor condoning, Coke: The Biography is a thrilling popular history of a global phenomenon.
'Friend and killer to the stars, Charlie's finally got a biography all of its own. Published this month, Coke: The Biography simply bulges with cameo appearances - from Kate Moss to Tallulah Bankhead.' Evening Standard 'This book is not a moral tract but a fascinating account of a drug whose effects Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks likened to 'being swept up on a white horse by a prince', although one, she neglected to mention, who often throws his riders off at full gallop. The authors chart the ebb and flow of cocaine use... intercut[ting] their story with profiles of the dealers and drug barons making millions from cocaine.' Mail on Sunday
JEREMY SCOTT is the acclaimed author of Fast and Louche, Show Me A Hero and The Irresistible Mr Wrong. NATALIA NAISH was born in Los Angeles to English parents and came to London after graduating from Harvard. She has a master's degree from UCL and now works for Bridget Riley. Coke is her first book.