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Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE
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Letchworth Raised, Tommy Barnes will Discuss and Sign, A Beer in the Loire

Tuesday 11 September 2018
7:30 pm

A hilarious, real-life story of one man's attempt to escape the rat race by starting a brewery with no experience and in one of the finest wine- producing regions on the planet.

Tommy Barnes and girlfriend Rose had reached breaking point. Frustrated with their boring jobs, fed up with living in a miniscule flat in central London and suffering the daily commute, they both wanted out. So, when Tommy is made redundant, they use the money to escape. Soon they find themselves in a large dilapidated house in a tiny rural village in the picturesque Loire Valley. Wide, shallow rivers flit between vineyards and grand châteaux, the food and wine are sensational, the pace of life is perfect and the locals are friendly. But the money is running out and they have no idea how they’re going to make ends meet. The house is freezing, they don’t have jobs and then Rose becomes pregnant. To make matters worse, their new puppy, Burt, turns out to be a sociopath intent on destroying the world. Just when it looks like they’ll have to give up and return to the UK, Tommy has an epiphany. Beer will save him—of course it will, it always has. After all, there is a craft beer revolution sweeping the world. Micro-breweries are popping up every day making styles of ale that are re-defining beer as a luxury drink, so Tommy decides to start a micro-brewery in his barn. Sadly, it turns out 20 years of drinking beer doesn’t qualify you to brew it. Tommy spends the year lurching from disaster to disaster as he learns to brew beer, takes up gardening on the black market, settles the new family in rural France and tries to stop Burt from obliterating humanity. 

Tommy Barnes moved to Letchworth when he was eight-years-old and lived there until he was 21. He went to St Nicholas primary school in Norton and Hitchin Boys School in Hitchin. His parents still live there and his father used to work for the North Herts council in Letchworth.

Tickets are £6, which are deductible from the cost of the hardback book (£12.99) if purchased on the evening. To book tickets, please ring the shop on 01462 684631 or call in to the shop.

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David's Bookshops are located in Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, only a few minutes’ walk from the railway station in the heart of the Town Centre. There is ample parking nearby.

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01462 475900

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