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Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis [Hardcover]

By Kingsley Amis & Christopher Hitchens (Introduction by)
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Pages   302
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 13, 2008
Publisher   Bloomsbury USA
ISBN  1596915285  
EAN  9781596915282  

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Collects three previously published works by Kingsley Amis on drinking, including humorous drinking anecdotes, cocktail recipes, and quizzes.

Publishers Description
A gift for anyone who loves good liquor and high-proof prose: a collection of hilarious and deeply informed writings about drink from one of the all-time authorities.
Kingsley Amis was one of the great masters of comic prose, and no subject was dearer to him than the art and practice of imbibing. This new volume brings together the best of his three out-of-print works on the subject. Along with a series of well-tested recipes (including a cocktail called the Lucky Jim) the book includes Amis's musings on The Hangover, The Boozing Man's Diet, What to Drink with What, and (presumably as a matter of speculation) How Not to Get Drunk—all leavened with fun quizzes on the making and drinking of alcohol all over the world. Mixing practical know-how and hilarious opinionation, this is a delightful cocktail of wry humor and distilled knowledge, served by one of our great gimlet wits.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kingsley Amis (1922 1995) was a popular and prolific British novelist, poet, and critic, widely regarded as one of the greatest satirical writers of the twentieth century. Born in suburban South London, the only child of a clerk in the office of the mustard-maker Colman s, he went to the City of London School on the Thames before winning an English scholarship to St. John s College, Oxford, where he began a lifelong friendship with fellow student Philip Larkin. Following service in the British Army s Royal Corps of Signals during World War II, he completed his degree and joined the faculty at the University College of Swansea in Wales. Lucky Jim, his first novel, appeared in 1954 to great acclaim and won a Somerset Maugham Award. Amis spent a year as a visiting fellow in the creative writing department of Princeton University and in 1961 became a fellow at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, but resigned the position two years later, lamenting the incompatibility of writing and teaching ( I found myself fit for nothing much more exacting than playing the gramophone after three supervisions a day ). Ultimately he published twenty-four novels, including science fiction and a James Bond sequel; more than a dozen collections of poetry, short stories, and literary criticism; restaurant reviews and three books about drinking; political pamphlets and a memoir; and more. Amis received the Booker Prize for his novel The Old Devils in 1986 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990. He had three children, among them the novelist Martin Amis, with his first wife, Hilary Anne Bardwell, from whom he was divorced in 1965. After his second, eighteen-year marriage to the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard ended in 1983, he lived in a London house with his first wife and her third husband.
David Lodge is a novelist and critic and Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, England. His novels include Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work, and A Man of Parts. His most recent works of criticism are Consciousness and the Novel and The Year of Henry James."

Kingsley Amis was born in 1922 and died in 1995.

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The Perfect Companion  Aug 29, 2008
A collection of essays that entertain, enlighten, and enhance the enjoyment of imbibing. There are some real hits here, especially Amis' advice on how not to get drunk. The reflections about wine are not at first very clear to American readers, since our appellations are different from those in Amis' native Britain, but once you get into the book, it becomes clearer. An included glossary, placed at the front, proves helpful here.

The quiz section is tiresome, and kind of a waste of space, but if you take time to mine the answers, you can learn a lot of alcoholic trivia. That alone will be useful when you're playing the "Potent Potables" category on Jeopardy!
Drinking as an Englishman Should  Aug 15, 2008
I was delighted with Amis's book on drink,the effects of drink and the types of drink;his underdstudied wit combined with practical alchohol knowledge made for an enjoyable and useful read. Would highly recommend.
Back in print at last!  Aug 6, 2008
It's great to see Amis's finest work, _On Drink_, back in print at last. I had a second-hand copy but it was worth buying this to get the other two books included in the volume. The volume is attractively printed and bound and unabridged, and is a great gift too.

My only (minor) complaint is that the Amis's own texts (as opposed to the additional front matter) have been edited according to American punctuation conventions. This work is literary enough that the author's details should have been unaltered.
A Plethra of Information  Jul 20, 2008
This "everything you wanted to know about" style book on booze is a wonderful addition to anyone's bookcase. Everyday Drinking contains all of the information on alcohol that you could ever desire to know...and delivered through the side splitting rapier's wit of Kingsley Amis. A real treat!
Cheerio to All the Boozemen in the World!  Jul 19, 2008

First, I have never laughed so hard. This book is so funny. Amis has a turn-of-phrase that is incredible. It is also filled with arcana and nuance on the world of booze. I may even try some of his recipes. I truly enjoy the "different" read and books not boring. This is definitely in that category. You don't have to be a drunk to enjoy this book on "drink" and all the social niceties associated with it.

Highly recommended!

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