The Guinness Drinking Companion by Leslie Dunkling. New York: Lyons & Burford, 1992, 224 pages 1585746177.
Everything you ever wanted to know about booze but where afraid to ask. Clever and entertaining little reference book that provides a general introduction to the history and range of alcoholic beverages. HOWEVER, that’s not why I picked it….the damn thing is riddled with literary references. Nearly every paragraph traces the love affair between literature and alcohol, both pro and con, Dickens, Dos Passos, Garrison Keillor..etc. I finally found out what Malmsey is, I have always wondered that since I read that the Duke of Clarence got drowned in some. It’s a lovely little volume, which is both OOP and remaindered, you can find it disgustingly cheap.
Hmm…this reminds me to dig out my copy of Compton Mackenzie‘s Whiskey Galore.
The 1st of what I hope will be a long list of titles chosen to entertain the drunken masses that flock to this waterhole to drown their boobseller sorrows. Feel free to suggest titles for the Bullpen Bookclub, preferably nothing new, popular or that Oprah® has ever heard of.