Top 10 favourite spirits of literary greats

29th March, 2017 by Michael J Ritchie - This article is over multiple pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers, whose novels include The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, had a sneaky way of bringing alcohol with her wherever she was. She carried a Thermos that contained a mix of hot tea and sherry, known to her as a “Sonnie Boy”.

Her love of booze bled into her fiction, and in Lonely Heart she said: “Next to music, beer was best.”

2 Responses to “Top 10 favourite spirits of literary greats”

  1. Delighted to see that you have mentioned Dickens and Samuel Pickwick! You might be interested in taking a look at my novel Death and Mr Pickwick, which was published in 2015 by Random House, and which tells the story behind the creation of The Pickwick Papers. My novel ‘echoes’ certain aspects of The Pickwick Papers – and the free flowing of alcohol is most definitely one of those aspects! And you do not need any previous knowledge of Dickens, or The Pickwick Papers, before reading Death and Mr Pickwick.

    In my view, The Pickwick Papers has the most fascinating backstory of any work of fiction – with colossal triumph set against the depths of despair. The backstory cried out to be turned into a novel in its own right…so that’s what I did! The novel has received a lot of critical acclaim – for instance, it made The Sunday Times Book of the Year list, and in the USA it was one of the ten books on the Oprah Winfrey Best of Summer Fiction list.

    And do take a look at my novel’s facebook page http://www.facebook.com/deathandmrpickwick – alcohol frequently puts in an appearance there!

    Best wishes

    Stephen Jarvis

  2. Chris says:

    One of my favorite writers of science fiction was Harry Harrison. His best known character was an intergalactic crook named “Slippery” Jim DiGriz, whose poison was Aquavit, AquaVitae, or Akvavit, however you want to say it. I don’t know what the author’s drink was. But it inspired me to try aquavit and now I keep a bottle of Linie around the house.

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