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…
MEN WITHOUT WOMEN
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.
“A man does not exist until he is drunk.”
Boilermaker (beer and whisky shot).
“Stay with beer. Beer is continuous blood. A continuous lover.”
THE BIG SLEEP
“I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle.”
“Don’t drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.”
IN COLD BLOOD
“In this profession, it’s a long walk between drinks.”
THE RUM DIARY
Hunter S Thompson
Wild Turkey whisky and ginger beer.
“I’d hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”