The Colour of Tea
Hannah Tunnicliffe’s debut novel, The Colour of Tea, announces the arrival of a fresh, new voice in fiction. Infused with the heady aromas of Macau and peppered with inspirational characters Tunnicliffe takes us on a mouth-watering journey of the senses. A story of love, life and the path to happiness, this is one of those rare books who’s characters will stay with you long after that last page.
Lost among the gaudy, busy streets of Macau, Grace’s life is slowly unravelling. Her marriage to Pete, her Australian husband, is fraying and her dreams of having a family seem hopeless.
With the heralding of a new year she resolves to do something bold. Something her impetuous Mama might do. In this pocket of China, filled with casinos and yum cha restaurants, she opens her own small café called Lillian’s. This sanctuary of macarons and tea becomes a place where the women of Macau come together, bridging cultural divides, to share in each other’s triumphs and pain. But Grace’s immersion in the cafe is taking its toll on her marriage, and when things start to crumble in the cafe, Lillian’s suddenly feels like a burden rather than an escape. The recipe for disaster is complete when Pete does the unthinkable.