Title: Tea and Crumpet
Author: UK MAT
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
POV: 1st and 3rd person
Setting: The UK
Sub-Genre: Anthology (M/M & F/F)
Cover Rating: 3
Enjoy this enchanting, entertaining and thought-provoking collection, a heartfelt expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our people.
Including a wide range of style and subject, this is the perfect way to sample different authors and to find both existing and new favourites. Follow the British way of life from historic villages to modern cities, from the countryside to the sea, through history and with a fantasy twist, in gardens, churches, campus and the familiar, much-loved local pub.
The stories cover universal themes of romance, desire, remembrance and reconciliation. The authors range from multi-published to up-and-coming, and they all share a passion for their characters, whether through great drama, erotic excitement, humour—or a combination of all three!
Contributors include: Alex Beecroft, Jennie Caldwell, Stevie Carroll, Charlie Cochrane, Lucy Felthouse, Elin Gregory, Mara Ismine, Clare London, Anna Marie May, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jay Rookwood, Chris Smith, Stevie Woods, Lisa Worrall, and Serena Yates. Edited by: UK MAT (UK Meet Acquisitions Team).
This anthology is a souvenir of the 2011 UK Meet, an occasion for GLBTQ supporters to get together in a relaxed setting to celebrate and chat about the fiction community they love. Funds from the sale of this anthology will go towards future UK Meets, to which all are welcome. Please visit the WEBSITE for details, or contact UK MAT through the publisher.
Short story fans rejoice! Tea and Crumpet, an outstanding compilation of shorts written by some familiar and not-so-familiar names in the world of LGBTQ fiction, will enchant and delight you.
Each contribution in this anthology is enhanced by the distinctly British voices of the characters that tell his or her story—whether contemporary or historical, fantastical or fantastically sexy—with wit, heart, and an abundance of charm. Each tale is a celebration of love and liberation, a remembrance of failed relationships, a tribute to new beginnings, the pain of unattainable love, and of rekindled feelings in romances derailed. From haunting to heartbreaking to humorous to hot, this collection of tales is sure to strike an emotional reaction in each reader.
While M/M romance is our focus here at Top2Bottom, and a majority of the stories fall into that category, it would be utterly unfair of me not to mention that there are two F/F stories in the book—Lucy Felthouse’s Beside the Sea and Stevie Carroll’s What Katy Did on Holiday—and not to give due credit where it rightly belongs. This is a book written as an homage to diversity, and each and every story is an utter pleasure to experience, regardless of one’s orientation.
Whether I was enjoying a story written by one of my reliable favorites or discovering, for the first time, the work of an author I’d not yet had the pleasure of encountering, all the contributors to Tea and Crumpet shined brightly, entertained in equal measure, and left me hungry for more.
Reviewed By: Lisa