Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: The Clasp

Quintessential New Yorker Sloane Crosley made her UK debut back in 2010 at my Literary Salon at Shoreditch House with her ruthlessly personal essay collection I Was Told There’d Be Cake. She’s often compared to Dorothy Parker and David Sedaris … but is in fact slightly taller and even funnier and just as insightful. Her […]

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 […]

Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: Chocolat

Chocolat: A Novel Pairing As Lent begins, a mysterious stranger and her daughter breeze into a dull French town bringing colour, spirit and ‘Chocolat’. Joanne Harris’s bitter-sweet novel is a tale of temptation and perfect for Easter. Helping me choose our #NovelPairings are Olivia Marsh from Corney & Barrow and Simon Heafield from Foyles.                                                        […]

Book & Bottle #NovelPairing: My Policeman

All love starts as a secret and our far from conventional Valentine’s pick whispers with them. Starting in 1950s Brighton, My Policeman by Bethan Roberts depicts an unusual love triangle in devastating detail. Helping me choose our #NovelPairings are Will Hargrove from Corney & Barrow and Simon Heafield from Foyles. Marion loves Tom, Tom loves […]

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: Rather Be The Devil

Ian Rankin’s Detective Rebus has been solving crimes in his own gruff style for 30 years. ‘Rather Be the Devil’, the latest novel, sees Rebus descend into Edinburgh’s underworld. It’s criminally good! James Franklin from Corney & Barrow shortlists three #NovelPairings and joins Ian Rankin and Damian Barr for a special Salon. “There’s more happening […]

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 […]