Reviews

  • My favourite book of this and possibly any other Christmas is Mark Forsyth's A Short History of Drunkenness

    Marcus Berkmann, The Spectator
  • Forsyth's jokes are snappy and well delivered. Unlike most comical writers he never falls into the trap of confusing long-windedness with irony

    Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
  • Haha! . . . Highly suitable for Xmas!

    Margaret Atwood
  • This entertaining study of drunkenness makes for a racy sprint through human history

    Christopher Hart, Sunday Times
  • A brisk and brilliant romp through our hiccoughing history, drenched with wit. Bloody marvellous from first sip to last burp

    Jason Hazeley, co-author of the Ladybird series (including 'The Ladybird Book of the Quiet Night In' and 'The Ladybird Book of the Hangover'
  • Reading like a TED talk delivered by a stand-up comedian, this made me laugh out loud more than my first ever night out on absinthe. As essential as a hip flask or a pack of pork scratchings for any true connoisseur of booze. A Short History of Drunkenness is this year's Châteauneuf-du-Pape of Christmas books, no less. Bloody entertaining.

    Emlyn Rees, author of 'The Very Hungover Caterpillar' and 'We're Going on a Bar Hunt'
  • Sometimes you see a book title that simply gladdens the heart. Everyone I showed this book to either smiled broadly or laughed out loud . . . This is a book of some brilliance - probably best consumed with a restorative glass of something by your side.

    Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail
  • As Mark Forsyth brilliantly shows, civilisation is built on booze. Egypt (beer), Greece and Rome (wine) depended on alcohol to create their mighty works. Where man drinks, he prospers, and vice versa. A toast to this spirits-fuelled spirits-lifter. Staggering!

    Harry Mount, editor of The Oldie
  • I thought I knew quite a bit about drinking but A Short History of Drunkenness made me look at inebriation anew. Each chapter amazed, challenged and stimulated me so much that I needed a stiff drink at the end of it.

    Henry Jeffreys, author of Empire of Booze
  • With a great eye for a story and a counterintuitive argument, Mark Forsyth has enormous fun breezing through 10,000 years of alcoholic history in a little more than 250 pages.

    Henry Jeffreys, The Guardian