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14 gin books perfect for lovers of mother’s ruin

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You’ve been through the flavoured gins, you’re booked in for the tours, teas and tastings and you’ve come to terms with the fact you’re probably a psychopath. So what do you get the gin lover who has all the gin?

Well, you can’t go far wrong with a book involving everyone’s favourite spirit.

From the informative to the entertaining, the serious to the hilarious, we’ve got 14 ginny books to keep any fan of mother’s ruin happy.

So pour yourself a big one and browse through our gallery below to give your passion for juniper a respectable (ish) literary sheen.

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  • The Curious Bartender's Gin Palace, Tristan Stephenson

    Tristan Stephenson, aka the bartender in question (behind London’s Worship Street Whistling Shop and Black Rock), is a boozy expert. Following his tomes on cocktails and whisky, he nerds out on mother’s ruin in Gin Palace, packing it full of lengthy, informative chapters on its history and production, as well as a few cocktail recipes.

    RRP £16.99, whsmith.co.uk

  • Color Your Cocktails, Terri Dennis

    It’s the American spelling of ‘colour’ but we can forgive Terri Dennis a missing vowel when it comes to doodling cocktails. Colour in some of your favourite gin-based concoctions (as well as many others) then make some in real life thanks to the handy recipes.

    £10.89, wordery.com

  • The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart

    An excellent way of discovering more about your beloved spirit, author Amy Stewart delves into the herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and fungi that form the base of many an alcoholic drink. Read up on your favourite botanicals and never be lost for a perky party fact ever again.

    RRP £16.99, waterstones.com

  • Casino Royale, Ian Fleming

    James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, loved gin and it appears throughout his books in various cocktails drunk by the titular spy. However, Casino Royale in particular is perfect for Martini fans – it’s the book in which the author invented the Vesper.

    “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large slice of lemon peel. Got it?”

    RRP £8.99, amazon.co.uk

  • Good Things to Drink, Ryan Chetiyawardana

    “The most studious of bartending gentlemen” indeed, Mr Lyan (Ryan Chetiyawardana) is the man behind award-winning and genuinely innovative cocktail bars Dandelyan and White Lyan – the first bar in the world not to use perishables of ice and garnish. Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan & Friends is his book of cocktail recipes: a fabulous way to seek out gin mixes old and new.

    RRP £20, thewhiskyexchange.com

  • Hurrah for Gin, Katie Kirby

    Hurrah for Gin is Katie Kirby’s hilarious doodle-strewn parenting blog in book form, swearily documenting how the daily trauma of children often drives one to mother’s ruin. As Kirby says, her book makes an excellent present for “parents who aren't humourless twats”.

    RRP £12.99, whsmith.co.uk

  • 101 Gins to Try Before You Die, Ian Buxton

    With detailed (yet digestible) histories, tasting notes and interesting info on the gins and distilleries mentioned, you can’t go far wrong with drinks writer Ian Buxton’s straightforward guide to 101 of the best gins around. Better get cracking.

    RRP £12.99, oliverbonas.com

  • Gone with the Gin, Tim Federle

    Tinseltown loves it a bit of gin, and Tim Federle’s book is full of Hollywood-inspired recipes. Mix yourself a film-worthy cocktail and play one of the movie-themed drinking games to get into that drunken thespian spirit.

    RRP £9.99, cotswoldtrading.com

  • Gin Annual, Gin Foundry

    Gin Annual is a comprehensive yearly (yep) guide to all that’s ginny and good by the genever experts over at ginfoundry.com. It’s an insight into the spirit’s year, with interviews, features and information on the people and trends making an impact in the world of gin.

    RRP £15, ginkiosk.com

  • Of All the Gin Joints, Mark Bailey

    Mark Bailey has compiled booze-filled stories of 70 of Hollywood’s most iconic stars. Full of anecdotes and memorable quotes, the book also reveals recipes for the signature cocktails of some of the biggest names in Tinseltown.

    RRP £14.99, foyles.co.uk

  • The Spirit of Gin, Matt Teacher

    While you may think of gin as being a uniquely UK craze (given it almost felled London and all), this illustrated guide by Matt Teacher gets into the American tradition, taking a look at history, brands and Prohibition while also focusing on the current revived taste for juniper.

    RRP £16.99, waterstones.com

  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

    “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”

    Channel 1920s decadence with cocktail-soaked The Great Gatsby – load up with a sparkling Gin Rickey (mentioned by name in the book) and lose yourself in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s world of love, money and excess.

    RRP £6.99, foyles.co.uk

  • London Gin, Thea Bennett

    Thea Bennett’s London Gin explores the role the capital has had in the colourful history of this white spirit, including how it became such a gin hub, the craze that hit it in the 18th century and what exactly London Dry means.

    RRP £17.99, foyles.co.uk

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote

    “And since gin to artifice bears the same relation as tears to mascara, her attractions at once dissembled.”

    Truman Capote’s iconic heroine Holly Golightly sips on a White Angel in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a simple, potent concoction of “one-half vodka, one-half gin, no vermouth”.

    RRP £5.99, amazon.co.uk

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Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.

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