Christmas on the the ‘Cathedrals, Coffee & Tea Tour’ – new reviews

The new Fancy a Cuppa? book ‘A Cathedrals, Coffee & Tea Tour’ has been going rather well in the six weeks since it was formally published.

It’s an interesting process, this self-publishing game.


The ebook version of this tour contains more information, photos in colour, is less than half the price of the print book and it received loads of positive reviews. But the sales of the ebook have been extraordinarily low.

In contrast, the print book has sold rather well, in spite of getting only limited media coverage and, until recently, no reviews at all! It is a rather handy Christmas present, though, and timing is probably everything!

There’s still time – just – to get hold of a copy before you fill those Christmas stockings, via Amazon, via the publishers Troubador, or direct from Fancy a Cuppa? if you put a query through via this website. And I know it’s on sale in some tourist information points, some cathedral shops and some of the venues included – one person even saw it in their local garden centre shop!

Best media coverage so far has been the Press & Journal’s ‘Book of the Week’ slot a couple of weeks back.

The P&J reviewer said: “For many, visiting a town or city for the first time, two things are important – visiting a landmark building and finding somewhere decent for a cup of tea or coffee. (This)…book hits both targets”.


There’s also been a rather nice review from Susan Abernethy, an American historian, who specialises in things mediaeval. She said on her blog:

“Simon Duffin has written a quirky and fun review of cathedrals and coffee and tea shops around the United Kingdom. This isn’t your usual tour guide book…I thoroughly enjoyed this guide. On my next trip, I will have this book with me to refer to and to find a good shop for cake.”


And last weekend, we heard from those Cathedral-loving bloggers who write the UK Cathedral City Guide website.

They said:

“For each cathedral, Duffin provides a handful of ‘did-you-know’-style facts; these are entertaining and informative, and would make perfect reading while you sit and savour your beverage…A Cathedrals, Coffee & Tea Tour is a guidebook driven by a simple if unusual concept, and – as the name suggests – it will prove useful to anyone who likes cathedrals, coffee and tea. Fortunately, we love all three and look forward to trying the author’s recommendations when we next visit a cathedral city.”

Thanks to everyone who has seen and reviewed the books so far. Gives me more motivation as I plough through the proof-reading stage of the next Fancy a Cuppa? book, our tour of North Yorkshire…

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