Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Unlike French wine, French literature doesn’t travel. You’re thinking de Maupassant and Genet and Flaubert and Collette and De Beauvoir and Nin. I’m not saying there are no good French books, far from it. I’m acknowledging French books don’t ‘cross-over’ as much as they perhaps should. Good French books very often stay in France (see […]

Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: The Burning Chambers

The first in a quartet, The Burning Chambers sees Kate Mosse return to Carcassone as Catholics and Huguenots clash in the Wars of Religion. It’s a truly epic tale of love and loss. Mosse joined us at the Borders Book Festival in June 2018 with Greg Reid from Corney & Barrow to help us choose […]

Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: White Houses

White Houses reveals the passionate and hidden love affair between patrician Eleanor Roosevelt and outsider Lorena Hickok – known as Hick. Then, as now, the White House is full of secrets. James Franklin from Corney & Barrow shortlists three #NovelPairings and joins Amy Bloom and Damian Barr for a special Salon at the British Library. […]

Of books and wine: a tale by Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse will join Damian Barr live on stage at The Borders Book Festival for a special #NovelPairing salon, to discuss her latest novel The Burning Chambers. Here, she gives us an insight into her inspiration for the story. The Burning Chambers, is – in a funny old way (and profound apologies to Charles Dickens […]

Damian Barr’s Seventh #NovelPairing: A taste of Christmas

It’s Christmas so we have to choose Dickens’s classic festive ghost story. Worth re-reading to experience the truly scary hauntings and to understand Scrooge’s sad back-story. Helping me choose our #NovelPairings are Rebecca Palmer from Corney & Barrow and Simon Heafield from Foyles. The Ghost of Christmas Past A Christmas Carol essentially is Christmas: the […]

Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: The Music Shop

Cheltenham hosts the world’s oldest literature festival but it’s far from stuffy. After last year’s hit Book & Bottle Salon with Lionel Shriver they invited us back to find a #NovelPairing for The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce who joined me on stage at The Daffodil with Rebecca Palmer from Corney & Barrow. The Music […]

9 Books to Read with Wine

Is there anything more pleasurable than curling up on an autumn day with a good book? Yes – but only when that book comes with wine. Snuggle up and uncork our perfect pairings.   The Mandibles & Terre de Lumiere Viognier The year is 2029, the American economy is collapsing, and the Mandible family is far […]

Damian Barr: Drinking wine with Lionel Shriver

We’re thrilled to announce we’re returning to the Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival for another special A Book And A Bottle Salon this Autumn with the big-hearted bestselling Rachel Joyce – you can buy tickets here. What to expect? A steady flow of fine wine and charming stories as we attempt to find a #NovelPairing […]

Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: A Gentleman in Moscow

After the Russian Revolution Count Alexander Illyich Rostov, aristocrat and bon vivant, is imprisoned in the luxurious Hotel Metropol. Not in his usual suite but a tiny attic. From here he watches the world change around him. Helping me choose a #NovelPairing for this charming chronicle are James Franklin from Corney & Barrow and Simon […]

Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: The Great Gatsby

Dads are always being harangued with Hemingway and other macho choices.  The Great Gatsby is a book with heart -and broken hearts – and depths.  It shows how men struggle with masculinity and what’s expected of them and it shows that love can be redemptive (if we are brave).  If nothing else, Gatsby is a […]