By Kingsley Amis
A present for somebody who loves solid liquor and high-proof prose: a suite of hilarious and deeply proficient writings approximately drink from one of many all-time authorities.
Kingsley Amis was once one of many nice masters of comedian prose, and no topic used to be costlier to him than the artwork and perform of imbibing. This new quantity brings jointly the easiest of his 3 out-of-print works at the topic. in addition to a chain of well-tested recipes (including a cocktail known as the fortunate Jim) the publication comprises Amis’s musings at the Hangover, The Boozing Man’s vitamin, 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 around the globe. blending functional knowledge and hilarious opinionation, it is a pleasant cocktail of wry humor and distilled wisdom, served by way of one in every of our nice gimlet wits.
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