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- DescriptionThe ubiquitous cup of tea is as much a part of British life as indifferent weather, the BBC or the queue at the post office. Look at the facts: we Britons drink 62 billion cups per year; 70 per cent of the population (over age ten) drank tea yesterday; over 25 per cent of milk consumed in the UK goes into your cup of tea. Tea, since its arrival here in the seventeenth century, has shaped our lives, our history, our work, our culture and even our bodies. Not surprisingly for a drink that we take throughout the day, every day, there is a fascinating story to tell about its origins and how it took Britain by storm to become our second most-popular beverage after tap water. This book begins with the early history of tea and goes on to chart its development as something quintessentially British with it slowly but surely insinuating itself into our culture, language and society. Our loss of the American colonies, the Opium Wars, female emancipation and victory in the Second World War all owe something to a nice cup of tea. Tea is synymous with Britain. The story of our intimate relationship with tea is in effect the social history of Britain, reflecting aspects of the nation's trade, manners, fashion, art, drinking habits, industrial legislation, foreign policy, and its health. Like Samuel Johnson, we just can't get eugh of it: 'You cant make tea so fast as I can gulp it down.' So, put the kettle on, and read the amazing tale of tea ...
- Author BiographyPaul Chrystal is the author of more than twenty-five books and a broadcaster. He has appeared regularly on BBC local radio and the BBC World Service and writes features for national newspapers. Recent titles include Chocolate: The British Chocolate Industry, Fry & Cadbury Through Time, The History of Chocolate in York, and The Rowntree Family, A Social History. He lives in York.
- Author(s)Paul Chrystal
- PublisherAmberley Publishing
- Date of Publication15/10/2014
- SubjectOther Beverages
- Place of PublicationChalford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAmberley Publishing
- Content Note50
- Weight295 g
- Width165 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine8 mm
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