I think I’ve lived a life before. Centuries ago. Most likely a monk in south-west France, given my appreciation of garlic and silence. My monastery was near Albi, I’d hazard, its bright red Gothic cathedral majestic above the parched banks of the river Tarn. Scrap that. It was by the sea. Yes, definitely Atlantic not Mediterranean, where oysters grew plump and the lagoon was brooding. I pressed my own grapes with my own feet. After the harvest, I’d sit by myself as the sun clung to the cloister on a late October day and I’d pray, for fat bulbs of garlic and silence, dream of cellars and barrels and plentiful bottles.