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Everyday Drinking, By Kingsley Amis

Alcohol is customarily a pastime for writers rather than a topic, but Kingsley Amis wrote three jolly books on the subject. Gathered in this volume, his bluff musings ("Vintages – aargh! Most of the crap talked about wine centres on these") made the New York Times bestseller list.

Great Shakes: Meet the remarkable jelly mongers

They've made Calpol cupcakes, a 6ft gingerbread Gherkin and a walk-in G&T cocktail. But it is for their remarkable jellies – and sense of the ridiculous – that Sam Bompas and Harry Parr have caught the eye of everyone from Heston Blumenthal to Richard Rogers

My Way: 'I saw Tom Cruise in Cocktail and thought, I could do that'

Bartender Wayne Collins is an award-winning bar trainer and mixologist, providing bespoke cocktail-styling for events such as the Baftas. He is a development manager at Maxxium, the drinks company.

Judge banned for motorway drink-driving

A former judge caught on the motorway nearly three times the drink-drive limit was banned from driving for two years today.

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Core values: It's time to go scrumping

In city parks and back gardens, apples are often left to rot. So isn’t it time we made the most of this free bounty?

Posh gin from London garage bucks the trend

The history of London’s gin industry is peppered with tales of small-scale producers boiling up heady spirits in tiny sheds. So it was natural that the authors of an attempt to reinvent the practice would set up their venture in a tin-roofed suburban garage in Hammersmith.

Johann Hari: Gin, servants and bloodlines for royalty's Alf Garnett in a tiara

To be fair to her, the Queen Mother did do one thing well. She supported far-right politics

How Africa's party animals drank themselves to death

Buy alcohol in Kampala and you risk losing your sight – or even your life. Alex Duval Smith reports from a city in fear

Valentine Warner’s seasonal favourites

The chef and seasonal cooking enthusiast Valentine Warner picks his favourite autumnal fare

Chrisitina Patterson: Lessons on drink and la dolce vita

In my first week at university I discovered that I came from something called a "gin and jag belt". "Oehuuw!" said the pixie-booted 18-year-olds, in the protracted vowels of a Penelope-Keith-come-Abigail-pissed-at-her-party. "Guildford!" There weren't too many jags on our estate (we had a Morris Marina) and there wasn't much gin either. Once in a blue moon, my father would dig out a bottle of Blue Nun for guests, which he would serve by the half glass. The bottle would last all evening.

Observations: September's plot is a recipe for success

When cinema tackles food, it is usually the high end of cuisine – think Babette's Feast or Meryl Streep shifting Le Creuset cookware in her latest movie, Julie & Julia. Now an award-winning British indie is tackling a rougher kind of cookery.

Diageo reports £2.02bn profit

Guinness-to-Smirnoff firm Diageo today reported a £2.02bn profit despite a "challenging" year in which it shed jobs to cope with the economic downturn.

The Long-Winded Lady, By Maeve Brennan

Of all the incomparable stable of journalists who wrote for The New Yorker during its glory days in the Fifties and Sixties – AJ Leibling, Joseph Mitchell, Lillian Ross and John McPhee are all worth seeking out – the most distinctive was Irish-born Maeve Brennan. Her keen-eyed observation of the minutiae of New York life has been compared to Turgenev, but a closer parallel is Edward Hopper.

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