This is the book I read when I need cheering up. Based on a website from the early 2000s (it’s still going but hasn’t changed much), it’s written by a biscuit-obsessed man called Nicey (real name Stuart Payne) with occasional opinions from his wife (name unknown).
The book is, you may not be surprised to hear, about three things. Tea. Biscuits. Sitting down. Three traditional British past-times which go together (to use biscuit analogies) like golden syrup and oats, or chocolate and wafers, or jam and cream. The majority of the book is comprised of personal reviews of various kinds of biscuits, divided into categories. There are also some science bits. It’s guaranteed to make me laugh and it’s easy to read, so I’ve re-read it several times, most recently this week. The funniest part is Nicey’s angry rant about pink wafer biscuits. It’s always hilarious when he gets worked up about something so trivial. I also enjoy his musings upon a time machine powered by custard creams and his search for a decent teapot.
There is only one downside to this book. It gives you a craving for biscuits.
First published in 2004 by Time Warner.