In Which Gail Mostly Deals with Tea

I’m delighted to be making an appearance on the Old Towne Books and Tea podcast. I’m rather giggly during the interview, due to the fact that this was the third in a row for me, and the sound quality is poor, due to the fact that I live in the middle of nowhere, but the interview itself is fun.

Tea in the Office

One of the Parasol Protectorate Facebook members, Kat, posted the following poem (discovered on a newspaper cutting in a manuscript concerning malaria. The author of the manuscript was Surgeon Rear Admiral Walter Henry Skinner Stalkartt, R.N., 1865-1953.)

Tea! Tea! Glorious Tea!

Fill up your cups with Bohea,
Drink a good lot of it,
Empty the pot of it,

Stick to your innocent Tea!
Don’t be afraid of it,
Sots are not made of it.

Nerve-shaking? Fiddle-de-dee!
Up with the sale of it!
Down with a pail of it!
Glorious, glorious Tea!


Book Soulmates says,

“Finally, this book sticks as closely to the Victorian vernacular as possible without getting confusing or tiresome. As a fan of Jane Austen, I understand how daunting reading her novels can be. Many historical authors try to capture the language with their own books and frankly, some are better at it than others. Gail did a superb job of it!”

 Aishwarya says,

“With this book (and possibly because of Alexia’s new political role within the plot) you get a much wider sense of the existence of the empire, which made the fictional universe a lot stronger for me.”

Quote of the Day:

“Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.”

~ Chinese Proverb


Posted by Gail Carriger


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  1. Kendra said:

    Glad to see I'm the only person who yearns for lovely but completely impractical decor. And thanks for the article and the video–the video is just what I needed after my weekend sojourn to the Steampunk World's Fair!

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