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Between the Covers 12/08/2012

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Norfolk whiskey distillery scoops four gongs at the International Wine and Spirit Competition

A whiskey distillery in Norfolk which opened less than six years ago has scooped four gongs at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, the industry's "Oscars".

Remy Cointreau in whisky talks

The French spirits group Remy Cointreau is in exclusive talks to buy the Scottish whisky maker Bruichladdich Distillery as it looks to tap booming demand for premium whisky from emerging markets in Asia.

Raise your glass to a spirited idea

Luxury branding for the whisky market is at the centre of attention at Strathclyde's exclusive MBA

Album: The Toy Hearts, Whiskey, Wood Ville Music

Two sisters from the non-Alabama Birmingham playing western swing and bluegrass with their dad on banjo and steel guitar.

Legionnaires' linked to distillery

Cooling towers have been shut down at a whisky distillery in Edinburgh which is at the centre of an investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

£1bn whisky investment by Diageo boosts jobs

Guinness to Smirnoff owner Diageo today unveiled plans to invest £1 billion in Scotch whisky production over the next five years in a move that will create nearly 1,000 jobs.

Crime writer who became the story

A crime reporter has been charged with robbing a liquor store and shooting at police.

Paul Brannigan and Siobhan Reilly in Ken Loach’s ‘The Angels’ Share’

First Night: The Angels' Share, Cannes Film Festival

Loach provides whisky galore with a dash of redemption

Reality, Reality, By Jackie Kay

The humour and sadness of life in the margins

Mostly As: You are Pete Campbell, the weaselly upstart
Mostly Bs: You are Roger Sterling, the old-school roué
Mostly Cs: You are Don Draper, the maverick mystery man

Which Mad Man (or Woman) are you?

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Martin Hickman: The price will stay the same - and the wine get worse

In backing a minimum price, David Cameron is over-ruling his Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, who believes individual willpower and the tobacco, alcohol and junk food giants will voluntarily improve our health.

Bottle of whisky sold for £60,000

A rare bottle of whisky has sold for a record-breaking price of £60,000.

Big Buck's rode to a fourth victory

Big Buck's makes history in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham

Big Buck's made Ladbrokes World Hurdle history with a thrilling fourth successive victory in the stayers' championship at Cheltenham.

Ruby Walsh riding Big Buck's earlier this year

Big Buck's has World at his feet for another year

It is going to happen some day. And only when it does, perhaps, will everyone truly appreciate what has gone before.

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