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Summary – A collection of three novellas, The Cranford Chronicles tell the story of love, loss and friendship in a market town threatened by modernisation.

The Perfect Drink – Miss Matty opens a tea shop in her parlour during Cranford, so tea is an obvious choice here. Whatever you do avoid green tea, which Miss Matty regards as a slow poison – we recommend the altogether safer English Breakfast. This is a very mannered book, so it’ll be more rewarding if you drink your tea with all the accompanying rituals –  from a cup and saucer, with a jug of cold milk or cream and a little dish of sugar cubes – perhaps even a jar of honey.

The Perfect Snack – We think that an orange marmalade crammed with peel is the perfect fit for The Cranford Chronicles. It’s quintessentially English, with a bitter tang that compliments the sadness of the stories. It also brings to mind the memorable scene where Miss Matty and Miss Jenkyns retire to their rooms to suck the juice from their oranges unobserved. Depending on your mood, you could spread your marmalade on little triangles of hot buttered toast, or cut yourself a slice of sticky marmalade cake.

The Perfect Place – This is the perfect book to read when you’re spending a few days with friends or family – it’s full of social gatherings and has a warm sense of community.

How would you read The Cranford Chronicles? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.