Category Archives: Books

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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In the 1960s making proper coffee singled you out as a dangerous maverick

The paperback of the Breakfast Bible comes out this month and I’ve written something for the Guardian about coffee. The two events aren’t related, it’s just a happy coincidence. The new edition of the book looks beautiful. It’s perhaps even … Continue reading

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The Provisional Wing of the Amersham Scottish Association

This is my latest Empire of Drink column for the Guardian. To listen to whilst you read is Kenneth McKellar singing A Gordon for Me, a song my mother would sing to us in the car on the long drive up to … Continue reading

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My books of the year

This article originally appeared in the Independent: One of the things people used to say about Les Dawson was that in order to play the piano like a clown, he had to be a masterful pianist. Simon Woods, the author … Continue reading

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Sediment: Two Gentlemen and their mid-life terroirs

I started this blog partly because I thought I’d spotted a gap in the market. I couldn’t find anyone who was writing about wine but also bringing in literature, history and a good dose of silliness. Most wine writers seemed … Continue reading

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Whole Lotta Rosé

We live in a time of rosé. The number of rosés in the shops is multiplying at an alarming rate. There are Greek rosés, English rosés, Malbec rosés, Sangiovese rosés, I’ve even spotted a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc rosé made by adding … Continue reading

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