As a fan of both tea and Jane Austen, I consider it a spectacular oversight to have failed to discover until now a splendid book devoted to the subject.
Tea with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson explores Austen’s world through her writing and life. It will come as no surprise if you have read any of Austen’s books that Jane was equally obsessed with Tea! An extremely expensive commodity in her day, tea was all the rage, with china tea sets being manufactured for the purpose of promoting the experience and status of taking a dish of tea. I cannot help but think this was the very hight of elegant tea drinking.
Pride and Prejudice is by far my favourite book
I (and I suspect most of the waking world of woman kind) adore reading about Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s relationship, well, let’s be honest my dears, Darcy is really quite an appealing character all of his own. But I digress…….and it does lead me to divulge more guilty secrets - my current obsession with Lost in Austen (yes I hear your collective gasp, I know, where have you been for the past 4 years? What can I say, I missed it but now I have found it, hurrah!) Oh to be Amanda Price finding herself quite suddenly in the thick of the plot of Pride and prejudice, and even more appealingly, in the stead of Elizabeth Bennett. I loved the juxtaposition of modern girl in a more gentile constrained era. There are some laugh out loud moments, and tea drinking, naturally. Tea with Mary Kate highly recommends experiencing Austen’s wonderful tea drinking world through the eyes’ of a modern interloper.