After seven seasons, and innumerable long, boozy business lunches, the very last episode of 1960s advertising drama, Mad Men, screened last week.
No more of the sharp-suited, advertising wunderkind and human trainwreck, Don Draper. No more of the prickly but talented Peggy Olsen. No more of the dapper and urbane Roger Sterling. No more Pete, Joan, or Betty.
Well this simply will not do. I need something to fill the Jon Hamm-sized hole in my life. Fortunately we have plenty of reading material to keep pining Mad Men fans occupied.
First up are the Mad Men reading lists. Books read by characters, referred to, or quoted from in every episode. We’ve compiled two lists of titles we hold for you to consult for seasons 1 – 4, and 5 – 7 (based on the lists made by the inimitable New York Public Library).
But there are plenty of other options for delving into the world of Don Draper like the following –
- The advertising world in the 1960s was a pretty interesting time and place and according to Mad women: The other side of life on Madison Avenue in the 1960s and beyond, yes, it really was that sexist. Read more in The real Mad Men, The golden age of advertising, and 60s all-American ads.
- Just what is in an Old-fashioned? Or a Manhattan? Other than an interesting way to spend an evening, that is. Vintage cocktails: Retro recipes for the home mixologist has the answers.
- Fully immerse yourself in the world of Mad Men by planning a holiday in New York and scoping out the real life locations used in the show with Mad Men’s Manhattan.
- Music can evoke an era like nothing else can. Listen to Mad Men: A Musical Companion (1960-1965) for a little 1960s crooning and grooving.
- Missing the sleek sixties styling of Roger Sterling’s office? Tempted to add some to your own home? Then look no further than Miller’s Collecting the 1960s or Sixties style.
- I think I’ll miss the clothes the most *sniff*. Fortunately there are a range of titles that fit the bill in this department. Try Fifty fashion looks that changed the 1960s, The 1960s or The fashion file: Advice, tips and inspiration from the costume designer of Mad Men.