Tuesday, 16 November 2010


1. Now's the time to start preparing for the 2011 cidermaking season, and 'The Naked Guide to Cider' contains all the information and advice you need to make your own, delicious cider.

2. 'The Naked Guide to Cider' contains hundreds of pictures - including a glorious photo essay on Frank Naish (Britain's oldest cidermaker according to The Sun newspaper, and who's going to argue with them?) and previously unseen shots of orchards and cider houses.

3. Reading 'The Naked Guide to Cider' you will find answers to many of life's questions... What exactly is Babycham? How is perry different from pear cider? What became of Adge Cutler? How can you tell a Kingston Black from a Morgan Sweet? Why would anyone put a rat in a barrel of cider?

4. You will also find out why cider is good for you.*

5. 'The Naked Guide to Cider' is easy to read, informative and fun. It makes - we're proud to say - an ideal book to have in the Smallest Room, alongside '1066 and All That', 'The Dictionary of Bristle' and similar works.

6. Let's face it, most of the time we haven't a clue what to buy people for Christmas, especially those tricky in-laws and colleagues... 'The Naked Guide to Cider' is reasonably priced, brightly-coloured, amusing and unlikely to offend.

7. Armed with 'The Naked Guide to Cider' you can explore the highways and byways of Ciderland, visiting cider farms that you would probably never have heard of otherwise - authentic, amazing places like Brimblecombe on the edge of Dartmoor, where the cider is pressed through straw in a 14th century barn...

8. Not only will 'The Naked Guide to Cider' help you make cider (and perry), but it also provides useful tips on how to turn your shed or garage into a cider house, and how to run your very own wassail (traditionally 17 January so you'd better get ready)

9. People who know about cider are raving about 'The Naked Guide to Cider'. Jan, who is the landlady of the world-famous Cori Tap in Clifton, Bristol, absolutely loves it. Some of the best cider and perry makers are fans, people like Tom Oliver, James Marsden (of Gregg's Pit) and Martin Thatcher.

10. Whoever you buy 'The Naked Guide to Cider' for, the chances are it will make them smile.


*We should point out that drinking eleven pints of farmhouse screech isn't particularly good for you. Please drink in moderation, unless it's your birthday or something. In which case, write your address on your hand in case someone finds you and needs to put you in a taxi.


Katie said...

Hello james, my name is katie i am a third year journalism student in Bristol. Myself and a friend are creating a website as our final journalism project, on cider on in the Somerset and I would love it if we could talk to you especally after reading the naked guide to cider which is fantastic. My e.mail is: kipppartridge@hotmail.com. We really look forward from hearing from you. Thank you.

James Russell said...

Hi Katie,

Thanks for your interest - I tried to send you an email but it bounced back - can you check address? Ta, James

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