6 Manly Summer Reads (And The Boozy Cocktails You Should Drink With Them)

Your summer holiday is the perfect time to catch up on all those man books you know you should have read. But polishing off tome after tome is thirsty work, especially while sunning yourself by the pool and eating your weight in salty continental crisps.

What you need is a chilled alcoholic accompaniment. Luckily for you, all your favourite authors were raging boozehounds, so you can channel these six genius wordsmiths with their poison of choice as you lose yourself in their finest works…


Ernest Hemingway

Even if he hasn’t, every man will tell you he’s read Hemingway’s The Old Man And The Sea. But this alternative collection of short stories about bullfighting, drinking, sex and death will punctuate your trips to the bar and dips in the pool wonderfully.

Perfect poison:

Author’s encouragement:
“A man does not exist until he is drunk.”


Charles Bukowski

You’re not alone in dreading a return to your 9-5. Bukowski’s Henry Chinaski feels your pain, so tries to numb it out by splashing all his wages on booze, hookers and gambling.

Perfect poison:
Boilermaker (beer and whisky shot).

Author’s encouragement:
“Stay with beer. Beer is continuous blood. A continuous lover.”


Raymond Chandler

Nothing will keep you rooted to a sunlounger like one of the world’s finest hard-boiled LA detective novels, even 76 years on from its first publication.

Perfect poison:

Author’s encouragement:
“I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle.”


Jack Kerouac

Take time off work, forget all your responsibilities, grab your closest pals, head for the coast and get so drunk that you make a right tit of yourself. Sounds familiar, right?

Perfect poison:

Author’s encouragement:
“Don’t drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.”


Truman Capote

Grasping how brutal a human being can be is the second most shocking thing about this page-turner, after the realisation that it actually happened.

Perfect poison:

Author’s encouragement:
“In this profession, it’s a long walk between drinks.”


Hunter S Thompson

Proof that drinking is far better when done under the sun. Or after being chased by Puerto Rican gangsters.

Perfect poison:
Wild Turkey whisky and ginger beer.

Author’s encouragement:
“I’d hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”