|About the Book|
I was in some degree scandalised, intrigued, impressed and amused when this book first appeared in my parents bathroom during my teenaged years. Mainly amused. At the time I think I may have had a brief peek and concluded that it was full of recipes for traditional eye-openers. They are here but theres more to it than that.You can almost see the glint in the publishers eye at the conception of a volume on hangovers by Britains famously inebriated TV chef and this was written at the height of his popularity, shortly before his acrimonious fallout with the BBC and David Pritchard (the man who discovered him and produced and directed all of his programmes for the BBC - he fulfils the same roles for Rick Stein, too). What could be a fairly tawdry cash-in is saved by Keith Floyds writing. Floyd is one of those rarities that writes in the same way that he speaks - he is garrulous, witty and some how both self-deprecating and ever so slightly patronising all at once - that curiously British public school manner, redolent of the moneyed classes he aspired to throughout his life.As in his TV programmes he frequently uses the device of referring to, or addressing, a fictional friend called Hector. Here, hes revealed to be a talented GP who has succumbed to drink. His salutary experiences are included both to amuse and warn us while his medical advice on the effects of alcohol are also provided. This is the books core strength - the advice here has not really altered in the last twenty years and it is given both for general awareness and as a yardstick by which to measure the traditional eye-openers provided. These hair-of-the-dog remedies are given a fair amount of space in such a short book and might be worth a try if thats your thing. Its not mine. (He does also recommend some other, practical, remedies too though - water, fruit juice and foodstuffs, all before, during and after heavy drinking). Most incredibly, he also includes a five day de-tox plan: surely that was ahead of its time?Overall then, this is an amusing, short, book that could probably be of interest to those so given but which entertains in equal measure to instructing and so is worth a short read for most.