Dominic Sandbrook

Soaked in 007

The Man Who Saved Britain


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Thanks to Marcel Proust, the unassuming madeleine cake has become an indelible symbol of memory and loss. But in the opening paragraphs of this terrific book, Simon Winder gives us an appropriately British alternative: the jumbo bar of Old Jamaica. He remembers eating this splendidly bizarre treat of the 1970s, filled with rum essence and raisins, at one of the key moments in his cultural life – a screening of Live and Let Die at the Tunbridge Wells Odeon.

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