WIN a signed copy of Please Pass The Scones

The Lady has teamed up with Carnegie Publishing to offer readers one of 20 signed copy of Please Pass the Scones, a wonderful social history of English afternoon tea.

There are few customs as quintessentially English as afternoon tea. It is loved and appreciated all over the world. In Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee year, it seems fitting that a tradition which was popularised by a previous queen of England and a duchess should be celebrated in a beautiful new book on the subject.

In Please Pass the Scones: a Social History of English Afternoon Tea, author Gillian Perry takes us on a highly entertaining whistle-stop tour, complete with many luscious illustrations, surprising revelations, and even the odd recipe. From its origins, etiquette and dress codes, to the rise and fall of the slop bowl and the paper doily, this is a truly fascinating story.

The elements that make up an afternoon tea may vary, but two things cannot be omitted: a steaming pot of tea and a fresh scone. In a story that incorporates smuggling and scandal as much as refinement and high society, Perry discusses the perfect cup of tea, the optimum height of a filled scone, and reveals the origins of expressions such as ‘the dregs of society’. Her style is readable and amusing, and this beautifully produced book is a perfect gift for someone special in Platinum Jubilee year.

Carnegie Publishing is a small independent history publisher, renowned for high-quality, readable publications. Visit to buy the book and browse the catalogue.

Start date: 
Friday, 29 April, 2022 - 12:00 to Thursday, 2 June, 2022 - 11:59
For your chance to win simply enter your details below before 11:59am on Thursday 2nd June
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