Highly amusing for the first few pages - all that cutesy, quirky Wifey/Nicey, irreverent take on British tea culture...rah ha ha, jolly funny one sport. But a whole bloody book? Honestly - I have NEVER EVER read anything that has:
1) Made me lose the will to live with such gusto,
2) Incited such violent thoughts about where one might dunk Nicey's Rich Tea,
3) Or had me pondering the likelihood of Nicey and Wifey (yes, I'm sure they are very lovely) simultaneously choking to death on a Tesco Value Ginger Nut.
Quite simply - I cannot reclaim the hours of my life wasted reading this book.
But. But. But.
In the interests of fairness (and rational maturity?):
1) A couple of the Book Club ladies found it both amusing to dip into and funny,
2) It is culturally well observed...having passed my British Citizenship test a few years ago, it probably offers more relevant information than the Governments 'Being a British Citizen' study material, that covered such vital material as 'Where does Santa Claus live?" (Multiple choice answer - in the absence of the North Pole, I plumped for Lapland).
3) There's at least 100 second hand copies going begging on Amazon at rock bottom penny prices, which would make for a cheap book club month.
4) And for a real Book Club jolly - at a suitable point of liquid induced cheerfulness - what could be more fun than personifying each other as a biscuit - and simultaneously identifying Brian as a Garibaldi?
'A Nice Cup of Tea and Sit Down' is exactly WHY Book Club must also be a Booze Club.
If you really want quirky British culture, cast your eyes upon this lovely gentleman in all of his farmer tan glory.
Then go to the pub.
Book and Booze Club Rating (not representative) : One miserable empty glass.
Techy Speccy Blurby Stuff if you are sure you really want to go there....
Nice Cup Of Tea And A Sit Down
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751537659
- ISBN-13: 978-0751537659
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 is a missed opportunity. Finding the right biscuit for the right occasion is as much an art as it is a science, and it is a task that Nicey has selflessly worked on for most of his tea drinking life.
From dunking to the Digestive, the Iced Gem to the Garibaldi, everything you'll ever need to know about biscuits is in this book, and quite a lot more besides. Is the Jaffa Cake a cake or a biscuit? And have Wagon Wheels really got smaller since your childhood, or have you just got bigger? Unstintingly researched, Nicey and Wifey's Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down does exactly what it says on the biscuit tin. So go on. Take a weight off, put the kettle on, and enjoy.