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‘The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle’ by Matt Cain

The spotlight for our Craft Chocolate Book Club this month turns to the the life affirming novel from Matt Cain; ‘The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle’, published by Headline.

64-year-old Albert Entwistle has been a postie in a quiet town in Northern England for all his life, living alone since the death of his mam 18 years ago. He keeps himself to himself. He always has. Because he has a secret.

But he’s just learned he’ll be forced to retire at his next birthday and with no friends and nothing to look forward to, the lonely future he faces terrifies him.

His only hope is going to be telling the truth.

So he must learn to go after what he wants. And he must find the courage to look for the man that, many years ago, he lost – but has never forgotten . . .

Join Albert as he sets out to find the long-lost love of his life, and has an unforgettable and completely life-affirming adventure on the way . . . This is a love story the likes of which you have never read before!

‘About the Book’, by Headline Publishing

Our book club hosts, Kathryn and Cat, read from cover-to-cover, and digested the book’s events, characters and themes. Then, with a tour of the Cocoa Runners craft chocolate library, they found a selection of bars which paired with the book.

On this page, you’ll find all of the things you’ll need to get the most from this month’s selection.

The craft chocolate maker’s desire to create something fine can be seen as akin to the writing process, the creation of a book. The attention to detail and process, the desire to bring joy, to intrigue and beguile, to have your work savoured and appreciated. There is craft and art in both.

Cat Black

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Chocolates for ‘The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle’

If you wanted to accompany your experience of reading the book with some excellent craft chocolate, you can purchase the carefully curated bundle of bars from our store. These bars have each been selected for their special connection to elements of the book. Kathryn and Cat will be able to guide you through the tasting of them too.

From Dormouse Chocolates, comes a bar which encapsulates a key setting in Manchester, and challenges our expectation about white chocolate. Bare Bones and Original Beans provide bars which help us think about the acceptance and expression. And from Omnom, we have a bar which celebrates ‘love’, but with an unconventional approach.

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‘The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle’ by Matt Cain

“Albert Entwistle was a postman. It was one of the few things everyone knew about him. And it was one of the few things he was comfortable with people knowing”.
This life affirming novel by Matt Cain is a must-read, and provides a diversity of themes to pair with great chocolate.

To hear Kathryn and Cat’s discussion, check out the video below: