Wine and literature: Roald Dahl’s short story “The Butler”

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Roald Dahl’s wine-themed short story “The Butler” was recently dramatised on Radio 4.

George Cleaver, the Sausage King of the North, sells his business and moves to London in order to enter society. He employs a butler, Tibbs, to help him to do this. Tibbs explains that it’s vital Cleaver learns as much as he can about fine wines – and, to this end, Tibbs sets about buying rare and expensive vintages and educating his employer. Before long, Cleaver feels he no longer needs his butler’s advice…

I won’t give away the ending!


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