Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis
Kingsley Amis’s sparkling essays on booze make a perfect gift for a man of a certain age, says Euan Ferguson
In the 70s and early 80s, times now so far away the thought leaves you reeling, this splendidly humane old chuffpot knocked out three great little books on drinking, one of the areas of life – along with jazz and bemusement and women – to which he brought grand amateur enthusiasm. Unaccountably out of print – unaccountable until you remember the last 15 dull years – the three have been brought together in this estimable collection and given a feisty (with wise minor barbs) intro by Christopher Hitchens. The result is joyous.
note: I am reading this book, it is recommended.