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Empire of Booze


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Winner of the 2017 Fortnum & Mason Debut Drink Book award, this is a fascinating take on British history told through the stories behind the world's favourite alcoholic drinks

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Henry Jeffreys was born in London in 1977. After graduating from the University of Leeds, where he studied English and Classical Literature, heworked in the wine trade for two years before moving into publishing. In 2010 he started a blog about wine called Henry's World of Booze. Following its success, he was made wine columnist for The Lady, as well as a regular contributor to The Spectator, the Guardian and The Oldie on booze and other matters. He was shortlisted for Drink Writer of the Year at the 2014 Fortnum & Mason Awards, and in 2017 he won Best Debut Drink Book for Empire of Booze. He lives in Blackheath, south London with his wife and daughter.


"Entertaining . . . [Jeffreys] clearly knows his booze." * Guardian *
"Charming . . . Never mind books about drink - a book you can drink, now that's a Christmas gift." * Spectator *
"Well argued and full of fascinating booze-related facts . . . it's an ambitious undertaking, but [Jeffreys] achieves it with a sharp eye and an understated humorous touch I rather liked." * Daily Mail *
"Fascinating pub trivia . . . Henry Jeffreys is a wine columnist and drinks writer who clearly knows his stuff" * Mail on Sunday *
"Henry Jeffreys is everything you want a wine writer to be: funny, knowing, unpretentious but also un-blokeish, funny, clever, refreshing, original, funny and inquisitive. And did I say funny?" -- Craig Brown, author and parodist

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