By Kingsley Amis
A present for a person who loves sturdy liquor and high-proof prose: a suite of hilarious and deeply knowledgeable writings approximately drink from one of many all-time authorities.
Kingsley Amis used to be one of many nice masters of comedian prose, and no topic was once more expensive to him than the paintings and perform of imbibing. This new quantity brings jointly the simplest of his 3 out-of-print works at the topic. in addition to a chain of well-tested recipes (including a cocktail referred to as the fortunate Jim) the booklet contains Amis’s musings at the Hangover, The Boozing Man’s nutrition, What to Drink with What, and (presumably as a question of hypothesis) How to not Get Drunk—all leavened with enjoyable quizzes at the making and consuming of alcohol worldwide. blending useful knowledge and hilarious opinionation, it is a pleasant cocktail of wry humor and distilled wisdom, served by way of considered one of our nice gimlet wits.
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