Highballs for Breakfast

Highballs for Breakfast The Very Best of P.G. Wodehouse on the Joys of a Good Stiff Drink

Hardback (10 Nov 2016)

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Synopsis

'A splendid anthology' The Times

No writer knew better than PG Wodehouse how a drink can lift the spirits - and he was a master at the high comic effects of having a few too many. Highballs for Breakfast is a handpicked selection of wit, wisdom and comic moments from Wodehouse's work that involve getting pickled or plastered, or lathered or sozzled, and getting in and out of all manner of scrapes.

If some great writers dwelled on the darker side of drinking, Wodehouse was concerned with the pure pleasure to be had from 'the magic bottle' and getting outside of the contents of a tall glass. His imperishable writing displays a well-turned appreciation for all kinds of booze - cocktails, champagne, port, whiskey and brandy (with soda, of course); but also the humble pint, and even the infamous poteen.

This sparkling collection captures Wodehouse at his best on being terribly thirsty, or drowning one's sorrows, or knocking one back for Dutch courage. It finds him celebrating the special atmospheres of the English country pub and the Manhattan barroom. And it shows him to be exceptionally good on hangovers, but equally so on hangover cures, such as the legendary pick-me-ups prepared for Bertie Wooster by the dependable Jeeves.

For all lovers of a laugh and a drink, Highballs for Breakfast is a tonic, a bracer, and a tissue-restorer.

About the Publisher

Hutchinson

Hutchinson

Founded in 1887 by George Hutchinson with capital of three thousand pounds, Hutchinson opened for business in the basement of 25 Paternostor Row, near St Paul's Cathedral. It is the home of fiction that you have to press into the hands of your friends and non-fiction that is entertaining and erudite. We publish bestsellers, Helen Dunmore, Sebastian Faulks, Robert Harris, Douglas Kennedy and Ruth Rendell, book club favourites, Aimee Bender, Anna Quindlen. We are committed to discovering new talent that combine a distinctive voice with great storytelling skills and recent acquisitions include Bonnie Nadzam, longlisted for the Women?s Prize, New York Times bestsellers, Sloane Crosley, Ayana Mathis, Marisha Pessl and Amor Towles.

Book information

ISBN: 9781786330499
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Hutchinson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.912
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 169
Weight: 288g
Height: 137mm
Width: 206mm
Spine width: 20mm