"These books are so delicious they impart a kind of contact high; they make you feel as if you’ve just had the first sip of the planet’s coldest, driest martini...A reminder of how good all of Amis’s writing was about being what he called a “drink-man”: smart, no-nonsense and, above all else, charming...you finish this book believing that [alcohol] added more to his life than it took away. [Everyday Drinking] deserves to be rediscovered.”—Dwight Garner, New York Times
"There has never been a more charming, erudite, eager, generous and devoted lover of drink--to judge by his writing--than Kingsley Amis." —The New York Times Book Review
"With spirits, as with movies, there exists a breed of critic who both illuminates and entertains and, consequently, is worth reading. Kingsley Amis falls into that category — a great comic wit, Amis' writings (both fiction and non) about alcohol are among the very best." —Washington Times
"Back in print at last, Bloomsbury having gathered into one delightful volume under the title "Everyday Drinking" that's now hitting bookstore shelves. It is essential reading for any literate bibber." —Wall Street Journal
"It’s refreshing to see an artifact from a more hedonistic era….Amis’ quips and gripes about noisy pubs, vodka drinkers, wine snobs, teetotalers, and hangovers grow more delicious with age." —Booklist
"Among Amis’s literary output the journalism on drinking, recently collected and published with an introduction by (who else?) Christopher Hitchens, is in no way the least achievement because it is a reminder and a record of a culture that is incrementally slipping away….Like a bottle of Laphroaig, this book is full of good things, many of them familiar though others are more intriguing." —New Humanist
“Studded with hilarious observations and much good advice.” —Kyle Smith
Well, she put red food-coloring into the white wine, and the great Wine Snob praised his delicious drink!
Mr. Amis is a true craftsman of the English language, providing copious amounts of humor with each stroke of the pen.
All in all, a great book, which will make even total abstainers, while reading, to wear an occasional sour smile.
You cannot go wrong with this book. Amis is genuinely hysterical and his purpose is made even sweeter with the Hitchens introduction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by david
Truly enjoyed this book, but a large portion of his writing is about drinks or experiences that would be hard to relate to in america. But still a fantastic read.Published 5 months ago by Jacob M
Most of the people drink. Amis did too. But he did with great energy. This book is , for sure, one of the best in cobining the qualities of a connoisseur with a magnificent talent... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Juan
A collection of essays that are probably not as funny as you're expecting, and only charming if you're a real Amis obsessive. Read morePublished 12 months ago by querkan
Collected journalism on drinking. Of added interest to me as I grew up in Swansea and Amis frequented some of the same pubs as my father. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephen Addison
One of my favorite non-fiction books.
The section "A Mean Sods Guide" is one of the best and funniest things I've ever read. Read more