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 Caplan from the New Statesman, a writer I’ve always enjoyed, and… errr… that’s it actually. It’s a very exclusive list. I’m on for a couple of articles I wrote for the Spectator and for Spectator Life.

This is what the gossip columnist, Steerpike, at the Spectator had to say about it:

“As the two leading British political weeklies, the Spectator and the New Statesman, have for many years enjoyed a relationship of jocular antagonism. This amiable sort of rivalry can been maintained as their differences are over relatively trivial matters such as how the country should be run and the world ordered. But now they have come head to head over something deadly serious, drink. The shortlist for the  Fortnum and Mason drinks writer of the year has been announced and it’s a two way race between Nina Caplan of the Staggers and Henry Jeffreys of this parish. Expect thundering editorials, snide remarks and spiked drinks from both sides in the run-up to the announcement of the winner on the 13th May.”

You can pre-order a copy of my book Empire of Booze 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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