June 13, 2017

The Vegetarian may well be one of the most distinctive books you'll read this year. Deborah Smith's translation of Han Kang's tale of a Korean woman becoming vegetarian won the Man Booker International Prize in 2016 for it's unnerving refusal to look away from the issu...

March 12, 2017

I am a huge fan of the Agatha Raisin series, especially in audiobook form as there is something incredibly soothing about hearing them read by Penelope Keith.

For this first installment, or indeed many of the others, the best tipple would have to be a gin and tonic. Thi...

December 22, 2016

As Christmas draws near, it always seems appropriate to turn to Agatha Christie for cosy afternoon entertainment. Hercule Poirot's Christmas is particularly intriguing as it brings together an entire family and a murder that seems to revolve around a small piece of rub...

December 8, 2016

Inspired by a gin tasting at Majestic last week, I'll be posting 2 books to enjoy with gin this week.

My second gin of the week is the Warner Edwards Victoria's Rhubarb Gin. This fruity gin is made from a crop of rhubarb originally grown in the kitchen garden at Bucking...

December 4, 2016

Inspired by a gin tasting at Majestic last week, I'll be posting 2 books to enjoy with gin this week.

I'm starting with the Cotswolds Dry Gin. This is a non-chill filtered gin packed with botanicals that looks like a moonstone when mixed with tonic. This is due to the s...

November 22, 2016

Esther says "I began to think vodka was my drink at last. It didn’t taste like anything, but it went straight down into my stomach like a sword swallowers’ sword and made me feel powerful and godlike." 

When reading Plath's most famous work, channel Esther and drink vod...

November 18, 2016

There are many options for a drink to accompany Alice in Wonderland - a simple cup of tea at the Mad Hatter's table; your favourite spirit hidden in a bottle with a 'Drink Me' label; a shot of absinthe to conjure up the Caterpillar.

But I say upgrade the poor flamingos...

November 13, 2016

Orwell's Animal Farm might be a dystopian warning of the dangers of communism, but that's no reason to forgo an accompanying beverage.

Orwell unites man and beast in their drinking of whiskey and, more regularly, beer.

Combine both by picking up Innis and Gunn's Irish Wh...

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