The TeaShed Book Club
In the same way that a good wine brings out the flavour in food, the right cuppa is key to complement a night in with a book! Below we recommend the classic Alice in Wonderland with our Berry Orange tea on a warm summers evening.
Alice in Wonderland X Berry Orange Tea
Berry Orange Tea – given that all the characters in Wonderland are total fruitcakes, what could be better than this juicy accompaniment? With hints of strawberry, orange and lemongrass, this fruity tea perfectly complements Carroll’s wacky classic.
This famous book came about one sunny afternoon in 1862, as the Reverend Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) rowed ten year old Alice Liddell up the river in Oxford. Somewhere along the way Alice got bored and begged Dodgson to tell her a story.
‘Alice in Wonderland’ (originally called ‘Alice’s Adventures Underground’) describes the adventures of a little girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a magical world of red queens, talking flowers and stoned caterpillars.
The only rule in Wonderland is that there are no rules – as the Cheshire Cat says “we’re all mad here” (The TeaShed office and Wonderland have a lot in common!)
As Alice has one bizarre adventure after another, you’ll begin to realise that her journey through Wonderland symbolises a child’s journey towards adulthood – often funny, at times strange and always incredibly imaginative.
“Which way you ought to go depends on where you want to get to”
Our fave bit:
It’s got to be one of the most iconic tea parties in literature:
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
‘Take some more tea,’ the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
‘I’ve had nothing yet,’ Alice replied in an offended tone, ‘so I can’t take more.’
‘You mean you can’t take less,’ said the Hatter: ‘it’s very easy to take more than nothing.’
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