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Distinguished Leaves: Poems for tea-lovers


Elizabeth Darcy Jones

Forward by Nigel Havers

Distinguished Leaves: Poems for tea-lovers has become a best-seller by the back-door through word of mouth recommendations from tea and poetry-lovers alike, and has now sold over 8,000 copies. Unique in format, thirty-seven teas and three of the world's beloved "Tea People" come to life in poetry that introduces the reader not only to tea, but to a wealth of rhyming forms

Darcy Jones wrote the book as a personal primer to consolidate and share her learning in the nursery school of tea and the ' Stephen Fry School of Form' (she used his book The Ode Less Travelled as a text book). The result is a unique and entertaining way to learn about different teas, absorbing a wide variety of rhyming schemes and forms in the process

With appeal to the novice loose leaf tea lover to the expert (who will no doubt still find some new "tea friends" showcased) the book is helpfully divided into chapters about each 'colour' of tea, from white to black. A prose introduction to each section highlights relevant tips and as well as the foreword by Nigel Havers, Buddist nun Dechi Palmo describes how she makes her morning tea and the tea world's darling, Tim D'Offay, provides encouragement to let the leaves go loose and start discovering the world of tea which has such universal appeal

For those reading beween the lines, comes a sense of the synchronicity of life - what Darcy Jones calls 'serendipitea' and the peace and wellbeing of engaging all the senses in the present moment. As the author quotes, 'Tea puts a cup of now in your hands...'

'Serendipitea' not only bought Distinguished Leaves to Jacyntha Crawley's attention but in innumerable other ways seems to confirm that 'Fortune Favours the Tea'(title of the introductory piece charting the history of tea from its origins in the East to its successful production in the West of England!)

Perhaps the most evident is how the foreword came to be written by one of the UK's most charming silver-haired actors - Nigel Havers. Darcy Jones confesses she had stuck a newspaper cutting depicting the actor on a 'vision board' when mentally envisioning the qualities she intended seeing embodied in a future partner. She found herself describing 'Earl Grey' as 'such a Nigel Havers of a tea...' On a whim, she sent a copy of the poem to the actor, care of a well known soap drama in which he'd starred, asking if he'd consider providing a one line quote for the back cover of the book. At that time there was no book, or publishing deal! Havers was charmed, agreed to write a foreword and no doubt this was in some part instrumental in Darcy Jones then winning a publishing deal

The author regularly talks about 'serendipitea' as a natural phenomenon and what seems to block it!

• Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Quiller Publishing (September 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1846891159
ISBN-13: 978-1846891151
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 6.8 inches/165 x 130mm
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces/280g

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