Maf, Marilyn and Mahiki

(L-R) Lord Bragg; Esquire editor Jeremy Langmead; author Andrew O'Hagan.

It's not often that you find the country's leading literati sipping Polynesian cocktails in Mayfair nightclubs, but last Wednesday, when Esquire threw a party to celebrate the launch of our editor at large, Andrew O'Hagan's new novel The Life and Opinions of Maf the dog & his friend Marilyn Monroe, that's exactly what happened.

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Writers Will Self, Zadie Smith, Melvyn Bragg, David Hare, Esther Freud and Edna O'Brien knocked back Moët and Chandon and Wiki Tiki cocktails with the likes of actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Lindsay Duncan, architect David Collins and fashion designers Nicole Farhi and Clare Waight Keller of Pringle after O'Hagan had demanded that there was "vomiting on the pavements by midnight".

Whilst we were all too well behaved to do that, of course, numerous guests commented on what a nice change it made to have a book launch in the salubrious surroundings of a club like Mahiki rather than a draughty set of rooms on some Bloomsbury Square.

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If you fancy an exotic cocktail yourself, we thoroughly recommend the Wiki Tiki, made with Marquis vodka, lemon and ginger, or the Bajan Storm, concoted with the Mahiki’s lethal own-brand rum. If a nasty hangover ensues, then spend the day in bed with O'Hagan's much-lauded novel, published by Faber & Faber, for a comforting slice of 60s glamour, wit and wisdom.

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(L-R) writer Edna O'Brien; actor Richard Madden

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(L-R) actor Benedict Cumberbatch; actor Olivia Poulet.

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(L-R) writer Will Self; Camilla Long of The Sunday Times

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(L-R) novelist Zadie Smith.

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(L-R) fashion designer Nicole Farhi; playwright Sir David Hare.