Tea or Books? #50: Question & Answer

To celebrate episode 50, we are doing a question and answer episode!


I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas – I’m editing this a few days before Christmas, but I’m going to assume that a wonderful time was had by all. We were really delighted with all the questions that were sent in (thank you!) and have picked 36 of them to discuss in this episode. Tune in in two years’ time for more questions and answers in episode 100!

You can see our iTunes page here, and we always welcome reviews and ratings. We’ll be back in the new year with books we think the other one will love – I chose The Boat by L.P. Hartley for Rachel, and Rachel chose Wallace Stegner’s Crossing To Safety for me.

The books and authors we mention in today’s episode are:

The Railway Journey by Wolfgang Schivelbusch
Coral Glynn by Peter Cameron
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Dorothy Whipple
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield
Crazy Pavements by Beverley Nichols
J.B. Priestley (John!)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Semi-Detached House by Emily Eden
The Warden by Anthony Trollope
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Emma by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker
Aunt Mame by Patrick Dennis
Barbara Pym
The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
The Sandcastle by Iris Murdoch
Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill
The Shelf by Phyllis Rose
The Year of Reading Proust by Phyllis Rose
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust
The Provincial Lady Goes Further by E.M. Delafield
The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley
Tristan Shandy by Laurence Sterne
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
Joseph Andrews 
by Henry Fielding
Humphrey Clinker by Tobias Smollett
Pamela by Samuel Richardson
Shamela by Henry Fielding
Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Marilynne Robinson
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
The Runaway by Claire Wong
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Enid Blyton
J.K. Rowling
Patricia Brent, Spinster by Herbert Jenkins
Mr Pim Passes By by A.A. Milne
The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester
The Gourmet by Muriel Barbery
The Boat by L.P. Hartley
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

6 thoughts on “Tea or Books? #50: Question & Answer

  • December 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I love Neighbours! I am a child of the ’80s and I still watch it. I am so glad to hear that Simon enjoys it too! Hope you both had a lovely Christmas x

  • December 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Lovely episode, thank you! As usual I have gathered quite a few reading ideas. I definitely MUST read Emily Eden in 2018 as I am sure I will enjoy her books.
    It was also great to hear you talk of some other things aside from books (especially your distaste for sport, I sometimes feel guilty of not liking or doing any but am so glad of not being obliged to do it anymore, it was torture in school).

  • December 26, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    If you don’t want to loose a lot of reading time, stay away from BookTube. Love it, but I spend WAY too much time watching people talk about books rather than reading them.

  • December 26, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful episode! Yours is the only blog I follow, and I wouldn’t miss it. I really enjoyed hearing about your lives beyond books. Can’t wait for the next one!

  • December 28, 2017 at 5:08 am

    I have recently discovered your podcasts and it has been such a pleasure listening to you both on my long train commutes from the countryside into Sydney city in Australia. I always come away with so many ideas and inspiration for reading that the only drawback is that it does not help in trying to tame my very long to-read pile of books! I was also delighted to hear vegetarianism and Bible podcasts mentioned amongst all the bookish talk. It’s not often that so many of the things I love collide in one spot, even if just in passing. I look forward to hearing more from you both in the coming year. Have a wonderful New Year’s!

  • December 28, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Lovely episode, and fascinating to hear both of your responses to the questions! I have to say that I’m with Rachel on the subject of tea – very fond of Teapigs and Clipper…. ;)


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