Category Archives: Books

Why writers love booze (and it’s not just because they’re often drunks.)

So closely are some of the giants of 20th century literature associated with alcohol that modern readers might think that a serious booze habit was once the equivalent of a degree in creative writing from Iowa or UEA. It’s not … Continue reading

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Did Jesus drink wine?

This article appeared originally in the Oldie magazine. Did Jesus drink wine? You’d think the answer would be a resounding hell yes! Just think of the Wedding at Cana or the Last Supper. Then there’s Holy Communion; wine plays a … Continue reading

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Empire of Booze Nooze

I have a book coming out on 3rd November. I am not sure if I have mentioned it. It’s called Empire Of Booze: British History through the Bottom of a Glass. You can order a copy by clicking on the … 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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Scents and Insensibility

If you’re in London next Thursday (25th February), you might want to come to an event where I’ll be talking about smell, booze and literature with Odette Toilette at Libreria, a new bookshop in East London. She’s young, charismatic and … Continue reading

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Empire of Booze cover is here!

A quick post today to share my delight at my book cover. I’ve worked in publishing a long time and know what a nightmare it can be to get cover right. The problem is that too many people have an opinion. … Continue reading

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