Gin-lit (it’s a thing)


Is there a sub-genre for novels best accompanied by gin? Is now*.

01. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgeraldย  / Gin Rickey

02. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell / Southside Fizz

03. The Gin Closet by Leslie Jamison / The Botanist (straight from the bottle)

04. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith / Tom Collins

05. Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss / Italian Greyhound

06. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh / Elderflower Spanish Gin & Tonic

07. Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn / Gin Fizz

08. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James / Gin** & Tonic

09. Shall We Dance? by Maggie Alderson / Gin & It

10. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler / 6th Street Fizz

*seems I choose gin quite often as an appropriate book pairing…
**pains me to include this book. I reckon while they might have been happy for the initial sales boost, the mob at Hendricks now rue association with FSoG (because: crap book).


24 responses

  1. I can’t add to your list off the top of my head but C19th English fiction was full of gin-soaked whores (with hearts of gold, of course!). Don’t think gin then was quite as smooth as it is now!

  2. This is brilliant – I can’t believe I was unaware of this genre! I await the section in Waterstones…

    I’m perturbed that my gin of choice is associated with FSoG, I didn’t know this, having failed to make it through a full paragraph of the book. I may have to follow your example and head towards The Botanist ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’d like such a sub-genre! Great Gatsby and Z are a ‘must be accompanied by any alcohol’, be it gin or other. Those are alcohol fuelled stories, so we not read being fuelled by alcohol ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. The Gimlet is featured in Chandler’s “The Long Goodbye”.

    `”They don’t know how to make them here,” he said. “What they call a gimlet is just some lime or lemon juice and gin with a dash of sugar and bitters. A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats the martini hollow.”

    I can verify this. It makes a great accompaniment to the novel is you don’t mind a drink that’s a little sweet.

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