I wrote a beer book (but I forgot to tell you)

The thing about writing is that often you finish and file something ages before it sees the light of day. So it was with my first book which I edited and co-wrote. I was approached and asked if I could put together a beer book for the 30-Second series back in 2017 – but books take time – so it didn’t come out until this year.

Why 30-Second? It’s part of a series of books which the publisher explains as follows:

The bestselling 30-Second series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Each title selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Every idea, no matter how complex, is explained in 300 words and one image, all digestible in just 30 seconds.”

It’s essentially a beer primer; an introduction to beer for those who want to grasp the basics or drinkers who want a better understanding of what they’re quaffing. I’d like to think it’s also the sort of book that could be useful to those working behind the bar, who want and need to gen up on beer.

The other great thing about the book is that I co-wrote it with some fabulous beer writers. Namely, Jerry Bartlett (who also did the glossaries), Pete Brown, Jeff Evans, Susanna Forbes and Roger Protz – with a foreword kindly provided by Roger Ryman of St Austell Brewery.


Above is the contents so you can see what you’d be getting and below are links to a couple of previews of the parts I wrote on beer and food  and women and beer.

You can support my writing by buying your copy from me via ebay. Signed/inscribed copies available on request – please send instructions! If you buy one through Amazon or elsewhere please consider leaving a review – especially if you enjoy the book.



  1. I really enjoyed working with you on this, Sophie. Proud of our work.

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