First of all, you should know what The World's Shortest Wine Book is NOT... It's NOT a worthy textbook containing more information than anyone normal could ever need. It's NOT a banal go-and-buy-this-without-using-your-brain guide. And it's NOT a book recommending wines that you either can't find or can't afford. Not that award-winning author Simon Woods has anything against those types of book. It's just that he wanted to write something for normal people, as in those who enjoy wine but aren't too precious about it. So in this guide to 21 ways to get more out of a bottle of wine, among other things you'll discover: What is the Punk Rock of wine When & why you should keep red wine in the fridge The ins-and-outs of Five + One Why more wine merchants should be like Julian What the Village People, Tom & Jerry and Sausages have to do with wine... Discover why Simon gives fortified wines the thumbs-up and special offers the thumbs down. And what cold tea and cola have to teach you about wine. Shoe-horning all that information and more besides into the 21 chapters wasn't easy but Simon Woods has just about managed it (although there are three extra chapters out there somewhere, as readers will find out. "Simon's writing style is lively, interesting and balanced. He's jokey without being forced, and critical without being an iconoclast. Best of all, he talks good sense" - Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak. To read more good sense - and give your wine life a major boost - just click 'Add to Cart' above.
The first book in the dark and compelling Lady Helen trilogy, set during the Regency period, will appeal to teenagers and adults alike. London during the Season is a whirl of balls, dinners and promenades - and, for a select few, the relentless battle against demons. Jane Austen's high society and Cassandra Clare's supernatural underworld collide in the first book in the Lady Helen trilogy, perfect for fans of historical fiction and fantasy. London, April 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is set to make her curtsey to Queen Charlotte and step into polite Regency Society. Unbeknownst to Helen, that step will also take her from the glittering ballroom of Almack's and the bright lights of Vauxhall Gardens into a shadowy world of demonic creatures, missing housemaids and deadly power. Standing between those two worlds is Lord Carlston, a man of dubious reputation and infuriating manners. He believes Helen is destined to protect humanity, but all he can offer is danger, savagery and the possibility of madness. Not the kind of destiny suitable for a young lady in her first London Season. This delightfully dangerous adventure of self-discovery and difficult choices has all the unnerving dark magic of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and the swashbuckling action of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
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