Book club and the perfect wine to pair

From a teenager in wartime England to a veteran of modern-day London, via 1950’s New York, the Swinging Sixties, Cold War Berlin, Venice and Vietnam – Ruby Devereaux has lived one hell of a life. Parties, scandals and conflict zones, meeting men and adventure along the way. In a writing career, spanning seven decades and more than twenty books, she’s distilled everything into her work. Now beyond her 90th year, Ruby’s energy is ebbing and her beloved typewriter put away. Until a call from her publisher presents Ruby with an ultimatum, and the impetus to embark on one last book – warts and all. Even in her
dotage, Ruby M Devereux has the power to surprise! One hell of a life. And one hell of a book … The Scandalous Life of Ruby Devereaux by M J Robotham. Head of Zeus

Paris, 1923. The city is a Bohemian paradise for beautiful and wealthy foreigners seduced by the promise of a different life. Pablo Picasso is already famous, and anything seems possible in the name of art. Switch, in Jeanne Mackin’s Picasso’s Lovers, to New York, 1953. For aspiring journalist Alana Olson, there’s always been something about Picasso. Her fascination leads to a series of intimate interviews with Sara Murphy and Irene Legut, two women from Picasso’s once-vibrant French social circle. But as Alana is pulled deeper into the glamorous and tragic stories of the past, she begins to uncover what really lies beneath the canvas and a disturbing convergence with her own life that bring her closer to Picasso, and those who loved and loathed him, than she ever could have imagined. Headline


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Spice up your life – and your next Book Club – with Spice Route’s Saffron Rosé 2023, one of the three spicy wines in the estate’s new Spice range. The pale coloured wine, with delicate aromas of pomegranate and summer berries, sensual floral and honey like notes, and subtle oaking which gives a delectable creaminess to the palate, has flavours of crunchy melon and a tarty freshness with a saline finish. Tarragon Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2023 and Chakalaka Rhône-Style Red Blend 2021 complete the trio of wines. R150 to R195 from