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Reading in Time of Corona (and beyond!)

Also apparently examples from Buon Vino and, closer to home for you, Solent Cellars (one of my favourite shops).

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Excellent! I was clearly not looking hard enough :laughing:

One of those is one of the ones I tried last year, which isn’t too surprising consider how little persan is planted.

But of course tastes very so YMMV

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Seen this on Twitter - Wines if Germany on promotion right now - £18 down from £30. Helpful for those currently studying?

(I couldn’t resist, but purely for interest’s sake)


Couple of books I highly recommend: both were featured on Radio 4 and are beautifully written.

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But this is a wine society, so Jefford’s book is essential reading (but I expect you have already read it) image


Thanks for the heads up!

Purchased in about 15 seconds of seeing this, thanks

You could try TWS:


Indeed! Realised a few days ago that Marcel was true to his word and 2 are already in basket… :+1:

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Thanks for the heads up.

My German Wine Guide / Atlas is now 25 years old and not particularly representative of the wines being produced presently so I’m looking forward to reading it. I have little doubt some additional costs will be incurred because of doing so though !

Interesting and unexpected from those two. I tried one of their jorrocksy Irish-hunting comedies a few years ago but couldn’t get through it.

Currently reading some old unread books like Coogan’s IRA and Roy Porter’s mammoth history of medicine (which really needs a large reading-desk to support it).

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Just finished Grape Expectations by Caro Feely.

The Feelys, a couple in their 30s with two young children, gave up their city jobs to buy a (very) run down house with a vineyard in Bergerac. This engaging and entertaining book tells of their first year.

At the end of the first year they have put into it all their money, blood (literally, husband Sean loses a finger to farm machinery) and their marriage almost collapses. But the finances don’t add up. They have no money left and can’t cover costs with income from their wine - especially when the Merlot won’t go through malolactic fermentation on time, and purchasers won’t pay an economic price.

So they put the winery up for sale……

I really liked the detail and especially the bureaucratic obstacles to running a winery in France, with seemingly weekly visits from one inspector or another.

What happens next?

(Spoiler - they are able to keep going on, which is the subject of the second book which I have just started.)

Available for Kindle for £1.99, as a paperback from the usual outlets or direct from the winery at €12 https://chateaufeely.com


Started reading Adam Kay’s 'This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor ':

The horror! The horror! :dizzy_face:


Funny and quite depressing in parts about the state of our NHS and the childbirth risks.

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So far I’m finding it more depressing and funny in parts… But seriously, some of the stuff happening in the wards is hard to believe…
I support quite a number of medical students struggling with mental health difficulties - feels like I’m sending them straight to some strange battlefield now… :grimacing:

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I keep meaning to buy and read that, it’s had brilliant reviews! How are you getting on with it?

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Flying through it! Can’t put it down… nearly 3/4 through - and only started it last night… horrifying and hilarious in (almost) equal measures :joy: :scream: :joy: :scream:

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I’ve gone through Martin Walker’s Dark Vinyard recommended elsewhere on these pages. Light and and enjoyable read, especially if you’re a bit of a Francophile. I went on to read the next in the series, moving from wine to truffles.

In between the two I read Normal People - not realising it was being adapted by the BBC. Both book and TV series were excruciatingly excellent.

Currently I’m on Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing which I’m LOVING. Heartbreaking.


Pausing Hilary Mantel “The mirror and the light” at around halfway as life is dark enough at the mo and I needed some light relief. I’ve now switched to Nick Bradley “The cat and the city” which is excellent. 12 separate stories which intertwine. Set in Tokyo and feels very influenced by Haruki Murakami and David Mitchell. That is not my original observation but that of a literary critic, although now I’m 4 stories in I do agree with the similarity,


I just finished listening to The Mirror and the Light on Audiobook. There’s no doubt it’s a great book…but it’s also 38 hours of my life I won’t get back! I’m also a big fan of Murukami and David Mitchell so will have to investigate The Cat and the City.