Men's Health (UK) - - Style - By Pa­trick de­witt

Rec­om­mended by Pa­trick Grant, creative direc­tor of E Tautz

“I read a lot of books about style, but it al­ways feels like work. Ablu­tions, on the other hand, is com­pletely re­mote. It’s short, dark and funny, and – un­less you work in the worlds of seedy bars, pros­ti­tu­tion or drug deal­ing – it’s to­tal es­capism. It is writ­ten in the form of a Los An­ge­les bar­man’s screen­play draft, list­ing this cast of odd­ball bar regulars. Each chap­ter plays out as a vi­gnette and feels like its own story, mak­ing it the per­fect hol­i­day read. In one scene, some­body pre­dicts that one of the pa­trons will die on a cer­tain day in a cer­tain way, so they con­gre­gate at this per­son’s apart­ment to ward off the pre­mo­ni­tion. I won’t spoil it, but it un­folds per­fectly. It’s about a des­cent into mad­ness and al­co­holism, but it’s so clev­erly done that it never feels trite or lec­tur­ing.”

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