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 father and I never had this common ground. He was a brilliant sportsman as a schoolboy and as an adult a keen golfer and rugby player. I, on the other hand, combined a scrawny physique with physical cowardice and an extraordinary lack of co-ordination.

My brothers weren’t much better but at least they were interested in watching sport and would accompany him to Lord’s and Twickenham. I envied their ease around him. To give him credit, he did try to find things that we were both interested in. There was motor racing: he couldn’t stand the noise so had to buy headphones, at which point he fell asleep.

And then there was the theatre. Read on here


About Henry

Henry Jeffreys was born in London. He has worked in the wine trade, publishing and is now a freelance journalist. He specialises in drink and his work has appeared in the Spectator, the Guardian, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Oldie and Food & Wine magazine. He was a contributor to the Breakfast Bible (Bloomsbury 2013) and his book Empire of Booze: British History through the Bottom of a Glass was published in November 2016.
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2 Responses to Spectator article on wine and my father

  1. Philippa Chandler says:

    Henry – I LOVE this article. It is poignant and funny, and makes me think about my own relationship with my parents – the things that unite us, what enables us to talk etc. Also, I love it when your writing seems honest ie. ‘but the dynamic didn’t work’, ‘no one seemed to know why’ or ‘my father didn’t know much about it’. It feels refreshing, especially in wine writing – and just because someone is a writer, doesn’t mean they know everything. So when you write like this, I find it really…uh…warming, or something. Anyway, seeeeeya! Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:51:41 +0000 To: pippagirl@hotmail.com

  2. Henry says:

    Thanks Pips! I try not to be too certain about anything.

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