Monthly Archives: September 2016

After Brexit will we go back to cooking with tinned mushroom soup?

This is something I wrote for Food & Wine, an American magazine, just after the EU Referendum result. It’s entirely speculative but then most Brexit commentary is. Much of the increasingly bitter arguments over the recent referendum boiled down not to matters … Continue reading

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Did King Arthur’s father sell dodgy wine?

On holiday I watched Monty Python’s Holy Grail for the first time in years. Unlike most of their stuff, it’s actually still very funny. Whilst watching the taunting Frenchman bit below, I had a bit of an epiphany. Elderberries were … Continue reading

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Misadventures in academia with David Lodge.

  This article first appeared in Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly, Issue 51, Autumn 2016. The independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach, Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new … Continue reading

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Rye Literary Festival 25 September (yes there will be booze)

My book, Empire of Booze, is at the printers. There’s nothing I can do to change anything now. I’m now working on the publicity. Hopefully there should be a few articles and reviews out in November when the book hits … Continue reading

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How to sell Armagnac

WHILE I WAS IN THE Armagnac region in March, a producer (who shall remain nameless) told me: “You British, you used to buy our armagnac, but now not so much.” He shrugged his shoulders as if it was one of … Continue reading

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