Café Britannica

(3 customer reviews)


  • Author Name: Stephen Cardew
  • Publication Date: 28/02/18
  • Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781912362073

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Do you ever find yourself sitting in a café, savouring your afternoon tea and cake and wishing you had something good to read? We’ve found the perfect accompaniment.

Café Britannica: Ten Tales with Tea and Cake is a collection of ten short stories, crafted to be an ideal length for those fifteen minutes of respite. All of the stories are set in and feature cafés from all around Britain (and one’s even abroad).

Perhaps the one unique feature of Café Britannica is its inclusion of a children’s story, designed to be read out but also featuring illustrations, designed to keep little ones’ attention and to inspire them for later.

All in all, Café Britannica is a delicious book – go on, tuck in!

Author Stephen Cardew lives in Matlock, Derbyshire and is a university tutor, teaching English to foreign students who are wishing to progress onto higher degree courses at the University of Nottingham. Stephen has lived in Derbyshire for 10 years but has spent time living and working in Portugal, Hong Kong, Bulgaria and Italy. Cafés are a favourite haunt of Stephen’s, as are pubs, and he has contributed extensively to a blog charting visits to over 100 pubs in and around Derbyshire. Stephen volunteers at the Tramway Museum in Crich where he is a qualified tram conductor.

3 reviews for Café Britannica

  1. Lucy Brodie

    The book is made up of 10 short stories, all based around a variety of different cafes, in a variety of different settings and even different countries! The stories are all very different in style, wuth themes ranging from the everyday cafe experience to the supernatural. Each story is engaging in its own way. The characters of the stories are vivid and life like: right down to some being unlikeable! The tales always end with the desire for more – what really did happen to Betty? Is there a Cafe Nostalgia for everyone? And did Peter forgive Geoff? The Bedside Cafe is a lovely end to the collection with well crafted illustrations to accompany the poem. Overall , the collection of stories are an enjoyable read, well written and something that we can all identify with.

  2. Janet Holmes

    Great little book. Makes me want to go and eat cake and drink tea and observe people – which it appears the author has done extensively. I do believe I recognise some of the cafés and the places they sit in too. Well written and evocative of lovely, and sometimes weird, tea places and tea people!

  3. Diana Gregory

    A delightful collection of short stories, each one set within a different cafe. Self contained, very varied story lines with the writer evoking striking character images, the people all acting and speaking in a very believable way. Children will no doubt be captivated by the final story, written using rhyming text and beautifully illustrated by line drawings.
    Highly recommended and a good excuse for relaxing with a cup of tea and a slice of cake!

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