World Book Day 2024

Nothing beats reading a great book while sipping a delicious cup of tea – perfect escapism and a great way to tune the world out. This World Book Day we’re going on step further and suggesting books which have been inspired by the wonderful world of tea. Our selection of novels beautifully weave the culture, tradition, and the magic of tea into their pages.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lane See

This novel is based in China and takes the reader on a poignant journey with Li-yan, a young girl, as she navigates the complexities of tradition, motherhood, and identity. Tea, particularly Pu’er tea, is an integral part of the Akha culture, and the novel beautifully captures the rituals associated with its cultivation.

Pairs well with our Galerie du Thé Emperor’s Peak

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

This historical novel is based in London and follows Fiona Finnegan, a determined young woman who rises from the slums to establish a successful tea business. The novel intricately explores the challenges Fiona faces and the role tea plays in her journey towards prosperity. This book incorporates vivid descriptions of the tea trade and perfectly describes the aroma of fine blends.

Pairs well with Earl Grey

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

This science fiction novel that blends space exploration with the calming ritual of tea. Set in a spacefaring society, the story follows The Shadow’s Child, a spaceship, as it brews tea for meditation and connection with the universe. The novel skilfully incorporates the cultural significance of tea even in the far reaches of outer space, creating a unique and enchanting reading experience.

Pairs well with Blackcurrant Burst.

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

Amidst the gritty backdrop of Brooklyn, the story revolves around Winter Santiaga, providing a fascinating contrast between street life and the traditional rituals of tea. Sister Souljah weaves an intricate narrative that showcases tea as a symbol of solace and reflection amidst the challenges of inner-city life.

Pairs well with Chai Spice.

 

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

For a cozy contemporary read, this book is centred in the world of a mobile bookstore owner. While not solely focused on tea, this heart-warming novel features scenes where tea becomes a comforting companion during the protagonist’s literary adventures.

Pairs well with Jasmine Green Tea

We hope you are a little inspired by these novels and will let them be your passport to diverse worlds, where tea is not just a beverage but a character in itself—imbued with culture, tradition, and the power to bring people together. We encourage you to celebrate the magic of storytelling and the power of a soothing cup of tea. We hope today that you can find time to brew a cup of your favourite blend, find a cozy corner, and enjoy the relaxing blend of a good book and a great cup of tea. Happy reading!

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