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The Morning After and One Man's Quest for a Cure

by (author) Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

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Nov 2019
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“A rip-roaring adventure story.” —Tabatha Southey

“Highly knowledgeable and ridiculously enjoyable.” —Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice

“Brilliantly balancing humour and horror.” —National Post

“A world tour of a party, with a raucous cast of winos and experts.” —Shelf Awareness


“Unabashedly droll.” —The New Yorker

“You turn the pages thinking, ‘Thank God I don’t feel like that right now.’ Or maybe, ‘Thank God I’m not this guy.’” —The New York Times Book Review

As long as there have been hangovers, there have been attempts to get rid of them.

The ancient Romans consumed owl eggs, the Mongolians sheep eyes and the Syrians ground-up sparrow beaks. To this day, despite convenience-store shelves full of mass-marketed elixirs, a true antidote still eludes us. In Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for a Cure, acclaimed journalist and witty raconteur Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall risks “life and liver” (Adam Rogers) to explore what happens to our bodies and minds when we over-imbibe and all the ways that we have tried to find relief. He delves into the infamous consequences of those rough mornings experienced by the greats of the past—from Noah to Churchill to pitcher David Wells—and recounts his own daring mission to find a cure so that you don’t have to.


Hungover is an irresistible blend of culture, history, science, philosophy and mischievous humour. Part Simon Winchester, part A. J. Jacobs and all Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Hungover is both a lamentation and a celebration of a very human experience.


About the author

SHAUGHNESSY BISHOP-STALL’s first book was an account of the year he spent in deep cover, living with the homeless in Toronto’s infamous Tent City. Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown was shortlisted for the Pearson Writers’ Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize, the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the Trillium Book Award and the Toronto Book Award. The following year, he was awarded the Knowlton Nash Fellowship for journalism at Massey College. His first novel, Ghosted, published in 2010, was shortlisted for the First Novel Award. He currently teaches writing at the University of Toronto and is a regular columnist for SHARP magazine.

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Editorial Reviews

“Who knew subject matter so (literally) uncomfortable could be so much damn fun?. . . . Part science, part folklore, part string of the author’s very bad ideas with good intentions, Hungover is a highly knowledgeable and ridiculously enjoyable ride.” — Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice

“Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall has risked life and liver to write this book, a perilous trip into many mornings after—historical, cinematic, literary, and of course his own.” Adam Rogers, author of Proof: The Science of Booze

“Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall invests health, wealth and well-being in a wild Dionysian quest for a viable hangover cure. In the end he gets more than he bargained for, and we do, too.” -- Linden Macintyre, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author

“It takes a writer as skilled as Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall to write a rip-roaring adventure story about the morning after. Thoroughly researched, rich in history and humour, against all odds, Hungover makes you wish you were there.” — Tabatha Southey

Praise for Down to This: “A truly amazing book, wonderfully written. All the time I was reading, I was either choked up or grinning from ear to ear. This is a stunning debut.” — Paul Quarrington, author of Whale Music and The Spirit Cabinet

“Some writers go to great lengths to write a book. . . . Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall has more guts than any of those writers.” — Edmonton Journal

“This is a genuine accomplishment, brilliantly balancing humour and horror, steadfastly refusing to stereotype or simplify. I have no idea who Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall really is, but he had a lot of guts to set out on this project, and he has even more talent to have pulled it off.” — National Post

“Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall is a fine person to write a book about hangovers. . . . He’s willing to get thoroughly torn up on a consistent basis in colorful circumstances. Reading his chronicle . . . you turn the pages thinking, ‘Thank God I don’t feel like that right now.’” — New York Times Book Review

“Drawing on a decade of research, and years more of informal research, Bishop-Stall’s quest took him around the world: drink, suffer, repeat. As he points out in the book . . . there has been little scientific research into the hangover remedy.” — The Guardian

“Bishop-Stall . . . takes his readers through his attempts at trying any cure that’s been recommended. . . . Unfortunately, as he reveals on the first page, ‘No matter how hard I tried, however, the morning after did still follow the day before.’” — Brit + Co

“With a heavy pour of gonzo styling . . . Mr. Bishop-Stall packs his book with humorous and enlightening asides about alcohol in literature (there’s lots of it), athletes as accomplished at the bar as on the field (David Wells pitched a perfect game after a rager) and more.” — Brian Kelly, The Wall Street Journal

“Hungover is a world tour of a party, with a raucous cast of winos and experts, figures cultural and political. . . . Reading Hungover is akin to watching The Hangover . . . his sense of adventure and one-liners make for a similarly uproarious ride.” — Shelf Awareness

In Hungover, journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall tests out hangover cures like polar bear swims and saline IV drips in an effort to figure out how to make Sunday mornings a bit more sufferable. He sorts through the fact and the fiction so you don’t have to.” —

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