Empire of Booze

By Henry Jeffreys

A history of the British Empire told through drink

Friday, 7 March 2014

Keith Waterhouse and the joys of lunch

If any man deserved the epithet, a legend in his own lunchtime, it was Keith Waterhouse. You probably remember him for his playsBilly Liar, made into a film with Julie Christie and Tom Courtenay, and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell  but his lunching exploits are equally worth celebrating. His work day consisted of rising at 6am, reading all the papers, writing his Daily Mail column followed by lunch that went on until the evening. He wrote a non-fiction work, The Theory and the Practice of Lunch: 

“Whether they know it or not, for as long as they linger in the restaurant they are having an affair. The affair is lunch.” 

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