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A Nice Cup of Tea and a Book: A Game Of Thrones

I’m suggestible.  I recently watched the Game of Thrones series from HBO and loved it. Around episode seven, caught in a frenzy of fantasy fondness, I ordered this book. It was a risk, to be honest. I’m not normally one for the fantasy genre but I figured I’d give it a go. Like I say, […]

A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Book: The City And The City

I want to be careful to avoid spoilers here. Perhaps I’m just hopelessly ill-informed but I came to The City and The City without knowing what it was all about. Because of this I was able to discern the arena of the book gradually. And Miéville does draw that arena carefully and naturally. There’s no […]

A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Book: The Moor’s Last Sigh

I’ve been more than a little remiss in keeping my eager Tea/Book community updated of late. I’ll state, now, that I intend to work harder at taking funny little photos of the books I read and the tea I drink but we all know that I’ll probably get distracted by something shiny or by porn […]

A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Book: The Infinities

The day you start a new Banville is always a good day. I haven’t done one of these Tea-And-Book posts for a while.  This is chiefly because my brilliantly fractured skull (and I’m certain it was fractured brilliantly, despite that I can’t remember the incident) gave me a headache that lasted about a month and […]

A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Book: Risk

I haven’t done one of these for a couple of weeks so I thought I’d make it extra special. This is not just A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Book, this is A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Lovely Scone With Some Jam And a Book The scone: Fruit.  The jam: Strawberry. The […]

A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Book: 1980

OK, so I lied.  I said I’d need a break between 1977 and this, David Peace’s 1980. It seems I didn’t. I tried to take a break.  I started two other books and gave up a dozen pages in.  They were too light.  My brain had grown accustomed to the distressing world of Peace’s Yorkshire […]

A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Book: 1977

It’s grim up north* At least it is in David Peace’s 1977. Bleak, gloomy and darker than closing your eyes at the bottom of an ocean where even those weird, ugly fish are scared to go. Awful, terrible, beautiful darkness.  Peace just won’t leave you alone. His words gnaw and eat at you and his […]

A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Book: No Country For Old Men

OK, so I’m the suggestible type. I read The Road last week and was taken by McCarthy’s slightly unusual prose style.  I decided I’d like to read some more McCarthy and No Country For Old Men seemed like an easy next step. Oddly enough, I’ve actually failed to catch the film yet so I went […]

A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Book: The Road

This one arrived today. Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I’m hoping to get to see the film next week – weather permitting – and I really wanted to read the book before I did. The postie brought this at lunchtime and, bad father that I am, I bundled my daughter into the next room to rot […]

A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Book: The Death Of Bunny Munro

Who doesn’t like a nice cup of tea and a good book? As I quite like hearing about what others are reading, I (self-importantly, perhaps) thought I’d share the same information with you. So then, I’ve just started The Death Of Bunny Munroe by Nick Cave. About a third of the way through at the […]

Gerry Hayes

Gerry Hayes

I mostly sit around all day and drink tea. Occasionally, I write stuff and send it to strangers so they can humiliate me and deride my efforts. Other than the self-harm to dull the shame of failure, it's not a bad life. Like I say, there's tea.

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