Mild and Bitter

Mild and Bitter is a 1936 book by British humorist A. P. Herbert. It consists mainly of items first published in Punch; but also includes two first published in the Evening Standard and the Strand Magazine, and some items performed in C. B. Cochran's revue Streamline.[citation needed]

The book comprises 57 articles and poems. Most are humorous; but one is a first-hand account of the vote counting process under the single transferable vote system during the author's election as Member of Parliament for Oxford University in 1935.[1]

The title alludes to a British alcoholic drink consisting of equal parts of mild ale and bitter beer, also called M-and-B or half-and-half.[2]


  1. ^ Herbert, A. P. (1936). Mild and Bitter. London: Methuen.
  2. ^ Boston, Richard (1976). Beer and Skittles. Glasgow: William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. p. 142.