Life isn’t fair, it’s just fairer than death, that’s all.

Summary – Our narrator abridges a fairytale he loved in his childhood, bringing us a story of love and adventure (without the boring bits).

The Perfect Drink – The Princess Bride combines a fairytale with anecdotes about divorce, disappointment and the film industry. The perfect drink, then, is a mocha – creamy hot chocolate cut through with the adult flavour of coffee. It feels fitting to marry rich, sweet flavours with a little bitterness – this is a book in which fairytale endings are always tinged with unfairness.

The Perfect Snack – The Princess Bride would work well with a generous slice of lemon meringue pie – a zesty lemon filling concealed beneath fluffy layers of sweet toasted meringue. The tartness of citrus cuts through the billowy whipped meringue, just as Goldman’s humour animates the fluffy romance of the fairytale. You could follow with a chocolate coated nut, like the pill Miracle Max provides for Westley.

The Perfect Place – The book is full of adventure, so is fun to read somewhere a little windswept and wild – Alice read it amongst the sand dunes of a deserted Scottish beach, which felt particularly apt during descriptions of the deadly snow sand.

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