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Nice Cup Of Tea And A Sit Down [Paperback]

Wifey , Nicey
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Book Description

1 Sep 2005

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.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751537659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751537659
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 12.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this book (Nigel Slater)

NICE CUP OF TEA AND A SIT DOWN is not just meant to make you laugh. It is, in its own way, a crusading work of genius ... an invaluable reference book, perhaps, to be parked on the shelf next to Delia Smith, ready to resolve any tea or biscuit-related argu (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

One of the funniest recent books-of-the-website ... wistful, obsessive, wildly-over enthusiastic about mundane details (TIME OUT)

With sections on teapot testing, teabag technology and the art of choosing a mug, this is a great read. (OK MAGAZINE)

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A very funny, affectionate look at the great British biscuits of our time, and how they complement the Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down that we all enjoy from time to time.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tea and Biscuits 22 April 2007
If you like a good cup of tea with some biscuits, this is definately the book to read with it! It's a humourous book all about the leisurely art of having a cup of tea and describes some great biscuits in detail. You'll love this if you're a fan of the website of the same name and also if you enjoy knowing random things like how many Penguins are made each day. It's an enjoyable read and worth a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 12 Jan 2010
By Hil
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This is very very silly and great fun - perfect to dip into and cheer yourself up (much like an actual nice cup of tea and a biscuit in fact). Nicey writes in an easy style of innocent classic British humour with a good dollop of nostalgia - especially strikes a chord for us baby boomers who remember brightly coloured Playbox biscuits (there never were enough pink ones!) My sister complained because I left the book on the bedside table in my guest bedroom and she was up half the night reading and giggling.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely funny and oddly informative 1 Nov 2009
By Wendy
Hilarious but heartfelt book detailing the importance and varitey of tea and biscits.
Some that you've forgotten, from the distant days of your youth and some of the ever present staff-of-life favourites. It's a slick and funny read with some lovely moments of glowing nostalgia. A really great little gift for a friend or work collegue but, like me, you'll probably find you have to read it yourself before giving it to them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Have a cuppa and put your feet up with this book 19 Aug 2007
What a lovely little book, the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of tea! Find out what your work cup says about you; whether Wagon Wheels are smaller than they used to be; why fig rolls have a 'sense of mystery' and why shortbread is a biscuit with delusions of grandeur!

I particularly enjoyed Nicey's thought about the pink wafer and fully concur that it is the biscuit equivalent of 'The Singing Detective'. The only glaring omission, for me, was the toasted teacake.

A great 'gift book' that you can dip in and out of. Funny and engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what she needed! 14 Mar 2010
This was purchased as a present for my wife, who needs no excuse for a brew and to contemplate life as we know it. Therefore a book that describes the intimacies of tea drinking, and its companions of cake and biscuits, was spot on. OK the tone of the book may be old fashioned and a little bit 'middle England' but its amusing, easy to read tone is perfect for a relaxing browse. Enjoy tea and the book and don't take life so seriously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biscuit Lovers Rejoice 13 Nov 2009
This book is fantastic if you love biscuits!!! The only thing missing is an index!
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice cup of tea and a sit down 30 Aug 2014
By annie
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i found nicey's website some time ago and always found it an entertaining and informative read. the site has developed of course to include a lot more biscuits than are covered in the book.
anyone who is interested in commercial biscuits and has wondered what has happened to abbey crunch and those big ones that looked like the buttons on my mums coat (no idea what they were called) would like this book.
since reading the book i must say i've looked more closely at any biscuits ive had especially the custard creams and the cows on the malted milk.
highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny book and so true. 16 Jun 2014
By Steve
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Anyone who likes a cup of tea and a biscuit will recognise the humour in this book. Love the section about office etiquette when it comes to making tea. The section on US immigration is spot on. Everything in this book is just what we do, when drinking tea. Good observations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy
A wonderful trip down memory lane. I bought this book after watching the Nigel Slater programme on biscuits that featured 'Nicey'
who wrote it. I Love this book ! Such a Joy.
Published 7 months ago by S. E. MacQuarrie
4.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane
I love this book. The first part involving tea, is interesting enough. But the real stars are in the biscuit department, lovely to dunk in and out of. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Raymond A. Hook
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable
Clever, funny, interesting and surprising. I have learned a lot from this book and recommend it to anyone, whether they like a 'nice cup of tea and a sit down' or not!
Published 16 months ago by Seebass
4.0 out of 5 stars Dipped in and out
Ive dipped in and out of this book - a lovely idea with some interesting details - never before have I been so well versed in the history of biccies!
Published 17 months ago by raichebumz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Got this for a friends birthday present and I loved reading it as much as he did!! Worth a read if you love Tea!
Published 18 months ago by James Tedham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Such humour from a book all about biscuits!

Very informative and enjoyable to read with long forgotten biscuits remembered fondly.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice cup of tea and a sit down
An easy read with some very amusing parts. It is also nostalgic in bringing back memories from the past. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by A. Hodgkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential guide to sitting down, preferably with a biccy and a...
If you've ever wondered which product preempted the development of the classic McVitie's Hobnob, or whether a Bath Oliver is better than a Jacob's Cracker, this is the book for... Read more
Published on 5 July 2011 by P. Gilham
5.0 out of 5 stars Countless joys of tea
A remarkable little book which distills the countless joys of tea, biscuits and cake - plus the obligatory comfy seat. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by Daniel Park
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Bought this as a pressie and have been trying to read it without bending the spine! Quirky and fun.
Published on 6 May 2010 by white stuffed
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