AN author from Somerset who has written the ultimate guide on cider will be signing his books in Langport.

Bill Bradshaw, author of the new Cider Manual, which was published this month by Haynes, wrote the book in response to rapidly growing popularity of the drink that has seen millions of pounds invested in new orchards and cider production across the globe.

Bill said: “Cider has such a strong history and heritage in Britain so it’s very gratifying for cider enthusiasts like me to see the rest of the world starting to recognise it for its wonderful and varied flavours and character.

“We’re already seeing cider becoming hugely popular in other English speaking countries including the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand – all of whom have young, enthusiastic cider cultures and a healthy array of producers.”

The Cider Manual is a step-by-step guide for readers through the entire process of making cider, from the history and culture of cider production, growing and harvesting apple trees, through to cider making for both pleasure and profit.

As well as doing his bit to write helpful tips on cider, Bill is also a freelance photographer and judges at cider competitions, including the oldest and largest in the world – the Royal Bath & West Show.

The book signing takes place at Every Cloud art gallery in Langport tonight (May 16) between 6pm and 9pm.