Festive good cheer to one and all! If you partake of some fizz this Christmas, you might wish to raise a glass to Christopher Merrett. He was one of the founding fellows of the Royal Society and is now credited with perfecting sparkling wine and the glass bottle strong enough to contain it in 1662 – well before Don Pérignon ‘invented’ champagne in 1697. It is not certain, but it is likely that he was a close relative of Mr Merrett, a gentleman of ordnance at the Battle of Edgehill in 1642.
Personally, I will be celebrating the publication, wonderful reviews and reception of God’s Vindictive Wrath. It has been an amazing summer and autumn. I am eternally grateful for the faith, trust, support and fantastic feedback given by so many readers and great bookshops. Whether you celebrate with Cavalier excess, Puritanical restraint, old-fashioned cheer, a new twist, or not at all – have a good and restful break.