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Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  199 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Put a cup of tea in your hand, and what else can you do but sit down? This wonderful new book is a celebration of that most British of life's cornerstones: taking a break, putting your feet up and having a breather. There is, however, a third element that any perfect sit down requires and it is this: biscuits. As Nicey so rightly points out, a cup of tea without a biscuit ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Sphere (first published 2004)
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Aug 03, 2010 LeeAnne rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this little book! It is quirky and funny and who doesn't love tea and a biscuit to go along with it? If you read British mysteries and have wondered at the various biscuits and cakes that are consumed at alarming rates by the various sergeants and DCIs, this book is the answer to your questions. You'll never again wonder why someone scoffs at a Marie while gazing longingly at the chocolate Rich Tea and various digestives. The choice Jaffa Cakes and Battenberg will be easy. You'll know yo ...more
Jun 05, 2009 Susann rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anglophiles & biscuitphiles
The author has a blog of the same name, and book and blog are both about the pleasures of tea, biscuits, and...sitting down. Nicey walks the perfect line of treating these subjects quite seriously, while writing with tongue planted firmly in cheek. An ideal read for someone like me, who has given hours of consideration to the vast differences between US cookies and UK biscuits. I strongly suggest, though, that one always read this book during meals or snack-time. There is no way anyone can read ...more
Aug 18, 2012 Hyarrowen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour, non-fiction
An invaluable guide to one of life's great cornerstones. It elucidates some of the great mysteries of tea, for instance why tea from dark-coloured mugs never tastes right, and points out others which are forever unsolvable, such as why emergency-services tea always tastes glorious.

But despite the title, with its emphasis on the life-giving beverage, the great triumph of this book is the Venn Diagram of Biscuits. I firmly believe this should be available as a poster for the kitchen, and ideally
May 06, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
Love tea like I love books, have over forty teas in the cupboard at any one time mmmmm.

This book will make you smile and especially for my American chums find out why tea is better than coffee. Once you have discovered this please campaign for real TEA and NOT that grey watery piss they serve in restaurants and caffes.

And for those who call it a small coffe table, it's not, it's a small Tea Table book.

Always serve tea and biscuits with a good book, but tell everyone to leave first.
Eustacia Tan
Feb 27, 2014 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I bought this book because some guy that I've never heard of wrote "I love this book" on the cover. But, since the style of the book reminds me so much of Guy Browning, it seems like the cover testimonial was spot on. I read it on the subway home, and while I managed to control myself and not laugh out loud, I probably made a few ridiculous faces. I say so because when I looked up, the person sitting opposite me was giving me a strange face.

This book is about tea, biscuits and the
Rebekka Steg
Apr 26, 2013 Rebekka Steg rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, essays, 2013
This book is an easy and amusing read, as well as an introduction to the secret English world of Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down (as well as the many biscuits that go along with it).

As a Dane, of course this part cracked me up:

"...One of the most popular biscuit tins is the Danish Butter assortment. This, to me, is an enigma. What exactly is assorted about them? The Danes only appear to know how to make one type of biscuit, and in a feeble attempt to disguise this fact they make it in various sha
Feb 01, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this book may have been intended more as a mini-coffee table book, I of course read it cover-to-cover, and I loved it! I think the reader would enjoy it more if he is already familiar with British biscuits and appreciates British humor, but it is so full of pithy yet extremely well thought out and even scientific opinions about all aspects of tea and biscuits that surely all serious sweet fans will be entertained. One of the major highlights is the Venn diagram linking bread, biscuits, ...more
Alan Hughes
Aug 07, 2012 Alan Hughes rated it really liked it

Very enjoyable and surprisingly informative. However, it fails to answer the question as to whether the biscuit is simply NICE or whether it hails from the South of France.

Put a cup of tea in your hand, and what else can you do but sit down? This new book celebrates that most British of life’s cornerstones: the tea break. There is, however, another element to this ritual that is a must: biscuits. Finding the right biscuit for the right occasion is as much an art as it is a science, and it is

Feb 21, 2016 Plum-crazy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
A book about tea & biscuits....a winning combination if ever there was one :o)

This is certainly an amusing....&, & it certainly had me sniggering, nodding my head in agreement & shaking it at the foolishness of people who think a jaffa cake is a biscuit (the clue is in the name duh!)

While I thoroughly enjoyed this often nostalgic book of biscuits, my favourite parts have to be the chapters on Work Tea Making & Mugs - I'm sure anyone who has had the delight
Dec 15, 2014 Sam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour, home
This is a joyful little book that endeavours to explain why a cup or two of tea and a good biscuit are as theraputic and relaxing as they are and how these things have managed to ingrain themselves into the psyche of so many, Brits in particular. It isn't a comprehensive guide to every biscuit or tea ever produced but nor does it try to be. It is simply a guide for those who don't understand us tea-oholics and a reading treat for those of us who are. Added to this is Nicey and Wifey's superb hum ...more
Dec 21, 2012 Czol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Charming little book, & I would have rated it quite highly. However the text colours chosen were extremely poor. The plain black text of most of the book was fine, but some sections were written in orange, which was really hard to read when in blocks of text. Worse still were the passages written in orange on a pale orange background (who thought that was a good idea?), & in orange on dark grey. Trying to read these passages strained my eyes & I wouldn't even say my eyesight was espe ...more
Jasmine Woods
Jan 06, 2013 Jasmine Woods rated it it was amazing
'A book about tea and biscuits? Who wants to read that? What a waste of paper!' So spaketh my partner. He is, quite obviously, not a drinker of tea. As such he cannot expect to understand the joy of a book entirely dedicated to the subject.

I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable, very well researched and great fun to read. Especially with a cuppa tea and biscuit in hand. Lovely!
Jun 24, 2012 Zoe rated it it was amazing
This book is very well written and gives an interesting insight into Britain's love of tea and biscuits. It offers a detailed paragraph on many sweet baked treats, including their history and how they're advertised. I found it very fascinating but now have the urge to buy some orange Club biscuits to relive my childhood!
Hugh Ashton
Sep 15, 2012 Hugh Ashton rated it really liked it
Despite the title, this is a book mainly about biscuits (the British, not the American type of biscuit). Such classics as the HobNob, the Custard Cream, and the Bourbon, not to mention Jammie Dodgers are dissected in minute detail. Much nostalgia for this expat who finds it hard to discover a decent Rich Tea or even a Garibaldi.
Being more of a 'kaffee und kuchen' kind of girl, I probably missed the point (and the cake chapter was criminally short). Its target audience would be Johnny out of 'Two Pints of Lager', or as a Secret Santa present for the office tea fiend. It probably works better as a website (from which it derived) for timewasting at work. But it was still quite funny.
Nov 28, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
I love this book, it's hilarious. I've read it twice now and it's a brilliant read to help you escape. It's also the sort of book I feel compelled to read bits out to whoever is near me. A real treat!
Jul 08, 2010 Alex rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-or-die
This book should be required reading for all tea drinkers. As in real tea, not silly fancy herby-fruity-absurdly named "tea". Witty and highly amusing, it demands you read it whilst having a Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down.
Sep 17, 2011 Isabella rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, food
i'm more of a coffee drinker. could not fully comprehend others passion for tea. sorry, i tried.

just too much details over
1) tea leaves
2) sugar
3) milk

Chris Bullock
Dec 05, 2012 Chris Bullock rated it really liked it
Simply brilliant and full of nostalgia. It also introduced me to biscuits that i had never tried before - most available at local supermarkets.
Mmmmm - nice!
Feb 24, 2011 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Clever little book celebrates one of life's little pleasures. Great discourse on biscuits. Wildly over-enthusiastic about mundane details.
Jan 09, 2008 Kristine rated it it was amazing
Delightfully British! A must-read for anyone who loves tea, biscuits "cookies", and sitting down to enjoy them.
Dec 04, 2010 Gisela rated it liked it
The tea bit of the book gets two stars, the biscuits bit gets three, though I was actually crying with laughter at the drinking tea whilst on public transport bit.
Aug 08, 2007 miffyness rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like biscuits
My lovely sister bought this for me in The Works because I was feeling down.

I like tea. I also like biscuits.
Dec 13, 2014 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was my cup of tea (boom boom!) fun and a little bit nostalgic. it did leave me craving a Club biscuit too.
Jan 09, 2010 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, non-fiction
A book about tea and biscuits, perfect with a cup of tea and a biscuit! I learned lots about the history of my favourite biscuits :)
Staci Woodburn
Jan 02, 2015 Staci Woodburn rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
"Wistful, obsessive, wildly over-enthusiastic about mundane details" is just my style. This was clever and quite enjoyable over tea and biscuits.
Charlotte rated it really liked it
Dec 02, 2010
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