Monthly Archives: April 2014

Were the Wars of the Roses caused by a shortage of claret?

This week we have an interview with Toby Clements author of Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims. This is the first in a series of historical novels set during the Wars of the Roses. It’s very bloody and bloody good. Also the interview … Continue reading

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Book review: Salt and Old Vines by Richard W H Bray

Sometimes before even opening a book you are kindly disposed towards it. It was like that with Salt and Old Vines. Firstly because it’s published by my publisher, Unbound, and secondly because it’s set in perhaps my favourite part of … Continue reading

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Lemon Icebox Pie

Originally posted on Chagrinnamon Toast:
It’s no secret some of my family can be described as country.  Some have owned trailers;  others homes in Appalachia with dirt floors.  Many own guns.  Many love 4 wheelers and most have driven at least 60 miles…

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Fortnum and Mason awards – now it’s really serious

I hope readers don’t mind me blowing my own trumpet a little. I’ve just been shortlisted for best drink writer at the Fortnum and Mason awards. It’s particularly gratifying when you see the other people on the shortlist, there’s Nina … Continue reading

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Spectator article on wine and my father

Many men really can only communicate through sport. It provides a ritualised way to argue, to become passionate and to bond without having to talk about awkward things such as feelings. This is never truer than of father-and-son relationships. But my … Continue reading

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