October 14, 2017


Last week's post focused on what the characters were drinking: gin and juice. 

In the second part of Commonwealth, though, it becomes all about the whiskey. In the dark of a hotel bar, the pours keep coming. Now I have to admit that I am not a whiskey fan. I've tried....

October 8, 2017

Commonwealth opens on a party. The kind of party that rises up out of nowhere when you're expecting a simple lunchtime laugh. 

For my first pairing you're going to need gin. Now I know normally I would be recommending a floral gin or a spiced gin or some other magical g...

October 4, 2017

The Good Soldier is a tragic tale of two couples as they unravel told by an unreliable narrator who allows us to question everything we think might be true.

As you can see from my photo, I studied this book at university and marked many pages. It was part of a module on...

September 19, 2017

Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales brings together a collection of stories from different cultures and eras. Some of them will be familiar to you as stories you grew up with, others completely new and some just a little twisted. 

I've long been fascinated by fairy tale...

September 15, 2017

I'm very excited to announce that October will see the first month of the Toasting Books Club.

One book, a drinks pairing every Friday night for you to enjoy it with over the weekend and a big discussion at the end of the month.

Sound good? DM me on Instagram or comment...

September 4, 2017

Until I arrived in New York I had only briefly thought about what I wanted to see there. 

I have wanted to visit since I was little. To me, it was a city of American TV shows and yellow taxis. Only after being there for a few days did I realise how important NYC was to...

August 29, 2017

I was asked by @bookishpursuit on Instagram to create a pairing for Tender is the Night such a long time ago and I really appreciate their patience whilst I put this together. It took me a while because Tender is the Night is a book with a special place in my heart and...

August 11, 2017

I am a huge fan of short stories. Whilst I read a lot of novels I love the immediacy of a short story and the simplicity that can be captured in examining the human condition in just a few words.

One of my favourite short story writers is Raymond Carver. He writes about...

August 8, 2017

Today I am collaborating with the absolutely incredible Rhonda, The Margarita Mum, to bring you a very exciting drinks pairing. 

Yes Please is funny lady Amy Poehler's memoir and you'll know if you've read my posts before that I listened to this as an audiobook. I am ab...

August 4, 2017

What Katy Did was one of my absolute favourite books when I was little. Just as Katy is recovering, Susan Coolidge's classic was always what I returned to when I was poorly and at home from school. 

I really wanted to show you all my beautiful old copy of this book as i...

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