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Tea & Tattle

Miranda Mills

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Tea & Tattle

Tea & Tattle

Miranda Mills

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Tea and Tattle is a lifestyle podcast hosted by Miranda Mills. Tea & Tattle celebrates female creativity and solidarity, and every week, inspiring, successful women are interviewed on the podcast, including bestselling authors, illustrators, cooks, entrepreneurs and academics. A mini 'Tea Reads' episode is also hosted every week, sharing an outstanding short read, from poetry to essays.

Latest Episodes

126 | Tea and Tattle with Kiley Reid

Today on Tea & Tattle Podcast, today I’m joined by the Pennsylvania based writer, Kiley Reid, to discuss Kiley’s dazzling debut novel, Such a Fun Age, which is already a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller. Such a Fun Age explores the relationship between Emira, a babysitter in her 20’s and her employer, Alix, a blogger and social media entrepreneur. Every week, Emira looks after Alix’s daughter Briar, and sometimes her baby sister Catherine. When Emira is accused of ‘kidnapping’ three year old Briar on a late night trip to the grocery store, and her confrontation with the security guard is filmed, a chain of events are set in motion that cause Alix to become increasingly obsessed with her babysitter and that eventually force Emira to decide who she is and what she wants out of life. I think Such a Fun Age is an extraordinary book, and it explores themes of motherhood, female friendship, race and class in such a fresh, original style. It’s a book that is bound to stay with you - I still find myself thinking about Emira and Alix weeks after finishing the book, and it also made me reflect on my own white privilege and the damaging consequences of unconscious, as well as conscious, racism. I had a wonderful time chatting to Kiley about her brilliant book and unforgettable characters, and I hope you enjoy our conversation too! Read the show notes: teaandtattlepodcast.com/home/126 Get in touch! Email: teaandtattlepodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @teaandtattlepodcast If you enjoy Tea & Tattle, please do rate and leave a review of the show on Apple Podcasts, as good reviews help other people to find and enjoy the show. Thank you!

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126 | Tea and Tattle with Kiley Reid

125 | Tea and Tattle with Isabel Vincent

Today on Tea & Tattle Podcast, I’m joined by the New York based journalist and author, Isabel Vincent, to discuss Isabel’s life-affirming memoir, Dinner with Edward. Isabel’s book is a tribute to the extraordinary friendship she had with Edward, the elderly father of her best friend. As Edward grieved over the loss of his wife and Isabel mourned the end of her marriage, they both found comfort and companionship over the dinners Edward cooked in his New York apartment. As Isabel adapted to her hectic life as a journalist for the New York post, Edward’s delicious meals and thoughtful conversation offered her precious moments of sanctuary and calm. She learnt to slow down and appreciate the good things in life that Edward celebrated: hand-written letters, in-person conversation, the perfect martini, red lipstick and roast chicken. Dinner with Edward is a touching testament to the delights of friendship and the art of appreciating everyday joys. Read the show notes: teaandtattlepodc...

38 MIN1 w ago
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125 | Tea and Tattle with Isabel Vincent

124 | Tea & Tattle with Emma Jacobs

Today on Tea & Tattle, I’m joined by the Canadian journalist and illustrator, Emma Jacobs, to discuss Emma’s book The Little(r) Museums of Paris. As February is such a romantic month, with Valentine’s Day celebrated on the 14th, and as Paris is a famously romantic city, I thought it would be fun to take a virtual trip to the City of Light in this week’s episode, with Emma acting as our guide to the hidden gems of Paris. Emma’s book lists many of Paris’s smaller museums, historical houses and art galleries that are often left off the list of more conventional guide books. Illustrated with Emma’s colourful sketches, The Little(r) Museums of Paris is a charming companion to those who wish to explore more off the beaten track. In today’s episode, Emma tells me about how she wound up in Paris, what inspired her to write her book, tips for keeping an illustrated travel journal and a few of her favourite relatively undiscovered museums. Read the show notes: teaandtattlepodcast.com/...

31 MIN1 w ago
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124 | Tea & Tattle with Emma Jacobs

Tea Reads | January Special 2020

For this Tea Reads January Special, I'm sharing an essay collection that I’ve been reading and enjoying this month: Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie. I also chat about other cultural recommendations and the small happenings that have made me 'jump for joy' lately. Read the show notes: teaandtattlepodcast.com/home/teareads30 Get in touch! Email: teaandtattlepodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @teaandtattlepodcast If you enjoy Tea & Tattle, please do rate and leave a review of the show on Apple Podcasts, as good reviews help other people to find and enjoy the show. Thank you!

15 MIN3 w ago
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Tea Reads | January Special 2020

123 | Tea and Tattle with Irenosen Okojie

EToday on Tea & Tattle, I’m joined by the prize-winning author, Irenosen Okojie, to discuss Irenosen’s fabulous short story collection, Nudibranch. Born in Nigeria, but having lived in London since she was a young girl, Irenosen Okojie’s stories illustrate her love for different cultures and languages, with tales set all around the world, from Japan to Wales to Mozambique. With poetically lyrical prose, Irenosen explores themes of gender, personal transformation, rebirth and womanhood in her writing, taking her readers on a vivid journey of the imagination as her stories delve into magic realism and fantasy.I loved chatting to Irenosen about her fascination for surrealism and poetry and why she finds short stories such a rewarding writing form. Read the show notes: teaandtattlepodcast.com/home/123 Get in touch! Email: teaandtattlepodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @teaandtattlepodcast If you enjoy Tea & Tattle, please do rate and leave a review of the show on Apple Podcasts, as good rev...

37 MINJAN 21
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123 | Tea and Tattle with Irenosen Okojie

122 | Tea and Tattle with Janice Hadlow

Happy New Year everyone! After starting 2020 with a nasty bug, I’m happily feeling myself again and am so pleased to be back with a brand new Tea & Tattle episode, which I’ve been dying to share for ages. This week on the podcast, I’m joined by the author, Janice Hadlow, to discuss Janice’s debut novel, The Other Bennet Sister, which tells the story of the most overlooked of Jane Austen’s famous Bennet sisters - Mary Bennet. Janice Hadlow worked as a television producer for the BBC for many years. During her time in television, Janice received a number of awards and commissioned hit shows such as the Great British Bake Off, Wolf Hall and Line of Duty. Now focused on writing, The Other Bennet Sister is Janice’s first novel, and it was just published last week on the 9th of January.I read a proof copy of The Other Bennet Sister last autumn, and I absolutely adored it! In fact, it was my favourite read of 2019, so I was absolutely thrilled to get to chat to Janice about her marve...

37 MINJAN 14
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122 | Tea and Tattle with Janice Hadlow

Tea Reads | Christmas Special 2019

For this Tea & Tattle Christmas Special, I'm sharing one of my favourite Christmas Short Story collections, as well as more cultural recommendations and the festive cheer that has made me 'jump for joy' lately.

14 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Tea Reads | Christmas Special 2019

121 | Tea and Tattle with Laura Purcell

Today I’m joined by the author Laura Purcell, to discuss Laura’s latest book, Bone China. Laura is the queen of Gothic fiction writing, and I raced through her two previous books, The Silent Companions and The Corset. Bone China is just as compelling a read: set in Georgian Britain, it follows the story of Esther Stevens, who flees to Cornwall from London after an incident with her previous employer. Changing her name to Hester Why, she takes a position as a lady’s maid at a grand, isolated house situated on the edge of the cliffs, caring for the elderly Miss Louise Pinecroft, who seems terrified by an unknown force and sits, relentlessly gazing at her vast blue-and-white china collection. Using alcohol and laudanum to dull her uneasy conscience, Esther struggles to face her new life in Cornwall, especially when events take a very sinister turn... I had a wonderful time chatting to Laura about the inspiration behind Bone China and her love of Gothic fiction. I think Bone China is...

32 MIN2019 DEC 10
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121 | Tea and Tattle with Laura Purcell

120 | Tea and Tattle with Melanie Barnes

Hello and welcome to Tea & Tattle, a podcast that celebrates female creativity and storytelling. I’m your host, Miranda Mills, and today I’m joined by the author and photographer, Melanie Barnes, to discuss Melanie’s new book, Seeking Slow, which is a guide to reclaiming moments of calm in your day. I’m a big proponent of the Slow Living movement, and I so enjoyed chatting to Melanie about her philosophy of simple living, the importance of the mind-body connection, and how knowing the purpose and intention behind your actions helps you to be happier and work more efficiently. This is a lovely listen to encourage everyone to remember to slow down, breathe deeply and practice self-care and compassion even at the busiest times of year. Read the show notes: teaandtattlepodcast.com/home/120 Get in touch! Email: teaandtattlepodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @teaandtattlepodcast If you enjoy Tea & Tattle, please do rate and leave a review of the show on Apple Podcasts, as good reviews help ...

31 MIN2019 DEC 3
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120 | Tea and Tattle with Melanie Barnes

119 | Tea and Tattle with Esther Rutter

Welcome to the new season of Tea & Tattle! This week on the podcast, I’m joined by the writer and knitter, Esther Rutter, to talk about Esther’s first book: This Golden Fleece: A Journey Through Britain’s Knitted History, which saw Esther travelling across Britain from Shetland to the Channel Islands, in search of the stories behind Britain’s long history of wool and knitting. To complete her book, Esther took a year off work to travel, knit and research, and in ‘This Golden Fleece,’ she spins a fascinating tale of her own personal journey as a knitter, as she takes on a fresh knitting project each month, as well as the stories she unearths of knitting traditions that have been passed down throughout the centuries. Today on the podcast, Esther tells me about what inspired her project, how knitting your own clothes can be a powerful political act, how women have plied their needles to aid change in the world, and what are some of her favourite British yarn companies. This is a ...

37 MIN2019 NOV 26
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119 | Tea and Tattle with Esther Rutter

Latest Episodes

126 | Tea and Tattle with Kiley Reid

Today on Tea & Tattle Podcast, today I’m joined by the Pennsylvania based writer, Kiley Reid, to discuss Kiley’s dazzling debut novel, Such a Fun Age, which is already a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller. Such a Fun Age explores the relationship between Emira, a babysitter in her 20’s and her employer, Alix, a blogger and social media entrepreneur. Every week, Emira looks after Alix’s daughter Briar, and sometimes her baby sister Catherine. When Emira is accused of ‘kidnapping’ three year old Briar on a late night trip to the grocery store, and her confrontation with the security guard is filmed, a chain of events are set in motion that cause Alix to become increasingly obsessed with her babysitter and that eventually force Emira to decide who she is and what she wants out of life. I think Such a Fun Age is an extraordinary book, and it explores themes of motherhood, female friendship, race and class in such a fresh, original style. It’s a book that is bound to stay with you - I still find myself thinking about Emira and Alix weeks after finishing the book, and it also made me reflect on my own white privilege and the damaging consequences of unconscious, as well as conscious, racism. I had a wonderful time chatting to Kiley about her brilliant book and unforgettable characters, and I hope you enjoy our conversation too! Read the show notes: teaandtattlepodcast.com/home/126 Get in touch! Email: teaandtattlepodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @teaandtattlepodcast If you enjoy Tea & Tattle, please do rate and leave a review of the show on Apple Podcasts, as good reviews help other people to find and enjoy the show. Thank you!

38 MIN2 d ago
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126 | Tea and Tattle with Kiley Reid

125 | Tea and Tattle with Isabel Vincent

Today on Tea & Tattle Podcast, I’m joined by the New York based journalist and author, Isabel Vincent, to discuss Isabel’s life-affirming memoir, Dinner with Edward. Isabel’s book is a tribute to the extraordinary friendship she had with Edward, the elderly father of her best friend. As Edward grieved over the loss of his wife and Isabel mourned the end of her marriage, they both found comfort and companionship over the dinners Edward cooked in his New York apartment. As Isabel adapted to her hectic life as a journalist for the New York post, Edward’s delicious meals and thoughtful conversation offered her precious moments of sanctuary and calm. She learnt to slow down and appreciate the good things in life that Edward celebrated: hand-written letters, in-person conversation, the perfect martini, red lipstick and roast chicken. Dinner with Edward is a touching testament to the delights of friendship and the art of appreciating everyday joys. Read the show notes: teaandtattlepodc...

38 MIN1 w ago
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125 | Tea and Tattle with Isabel Vincent

124 | Tea & Tattle with Emma Jacobs

Today on Tea & Tattle, I’m joined by the Canadian journalist and illustrator, Emma Jacobs, to discuss Emma’s book The Little(r) Museums of Paris. As February is such a romantic month, with Valentine’s Day celebrated on the 14th, and as Paris is a famously romantic city, I thought it would be fun to take a virtual trip to the City of Light in this week’s episode, with Emma acting as our guide to the hidden gems of Paris. Emma’s book lists many of Paris’s smaller museums, historical houses and art galleries that are often left off the list of more conventional guide books. Illustrated with Emma’s colourful sketches, The Little(r) Museums of Paris is a charming companion to those who wish to explore more off the beaten track. In today’s episode, Emma tells me about how she wound up in Paris, what inspired her to write her book, tips for keeping an illustrated travel journal and a few of her favourite relatively undiscovered museums. Read the show notes: teaandtattlepodcast.com/...

31 MIN1 w ago
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124 | Tea & Tattle with Emma Jacobs

Tea Reads | January Special 2020

For this Tea Reads January Special, I'm sharing an essay collection that I’ve been reading and enjoying this month: Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie. I also chat about other cultural recommendations and the small happenings that have made me 'jump for joy' lately. Read the show notes: teaandtattlepodcast.com/home/teareads30 Get in touch! Email: teaandtattlepodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @teaandtattlepodcast If you enjoy Tea & Tattle, please do rate and leave a review of the show on Apple Podcasts, as good reviews help other people to find and enjoy the show. Thank you!

15 MIN3 w ago
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Tea Reads | January Special 2020

123 | Tea and Tattle with Irenosen Okojie

EToday on Tea & Tattle, I’m joined by the prize-winning author, Irenosen Okojie, to discuss Irenosen’s fabulous short story collection, Nudibranch. Born in Nigeria, but having lived in London since she was a young girl, Irenosen Okojie’s stories illustrate her love for different cultures and languages, with tales set all around the world, from Japan to Wales to Mozambique. With poetically lyrical prose, Irenosen explores themes of gender, personal transformation, rebirth and womanhood in her writing, taking her readers on a vivid journey of the imagination as her stories delve into magic realism and fantasy.I loved chatting to Irenosen about her fascination for surrealism and poetry and why she finds short stories such a rewarding writing form. Read the show notes: teaandtattlepodcast.com/home/123 Get in touch! Email: teaandtattlepodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @teaandtattlepodcast If you enjoy Tea & Tattle, please do rate and leave a review of the show on Apple Podcasts, as good rev...

37 MINJAN 21
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123 | Tea and Tattle with Irenosen Okojie

122 | Tea and Tattle with Janice Hadlow

Happy New Year everyone! After starting 2020 with a nasty bug, I’m happily feeling myself again and am so pleased to be back with a brand new Tea & Tattle episode, which I’ve been dying to share for ages. This week on the podcast, I’m joined by the author, Janice Hadlow, to discuss Janice’s debut novel, The Other Bennet Sister, which tells the story of the most overlooked of Jane Austen’s famous Bennet sisters - Mary Bennet. Janice Hadlow worked as a television producer for the BBC for many years. During her time in television, Janice received a number of awards and commissioned hit shows such as the Great British Bake Off, Wolf Hall and Line of Duty. Now focused on writing, The Other Bennet Sister is Janice’s first novel, and it was just published last week on the 9th of January.I read a proof copy of The Other Bennet Sister last autumn, and I absolutely adored it! In fact, it was my favourite read of 2019, so I was absolutely thrilled to get to chat to Janice about her marve...

37 MINJAN 14
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122 | Tea and Tattle with Janice Hadlow

Tea Reads | Christmas Special 2019

For this Tea & Tattle Christmas Special, I'm sharing one of my favourite Christmas Short Story collections, as well as more cultural recommendations and the festive cheer that has made me 'jump for joy' lately.

14 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Tea Reads | Christmas Special 2019

121 | Tea and Tattle with Laura Purcell

Today I’m joined by the author Laura Purcell, to discuss Laura’s latest book, Bone China. Laura is the queen of Gothic fiction writing, and I raced through her two previous books, The Silent Companions and The Corset. Bone China is just as compelling a read: set in Georgian Britain, it follows the story of Esther Stevens, who flees to Cornwall from London after an incident with her previous employer. Changing her name to Hester Why, she takes a position as a lady’s maid at a grand, isolated house situated on the edge of the cliffs, caring for the elderly Miss Louise Pinecroft, who seems terrified by an unknown force and sits, relentlessly gazing at her vast blue-and-white china collection. Using alcohol and laudanum to dull her uneasy conscience, Esther struggles to face her new life in Cornwall, especially when events take a very sinister turn... I had a wonderful time chatting to Laura about the inspiration behind Bone China and her love of Gothic fiction. I think Bone China is...

32 MIN2019 DEC 10
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121 | Tea and Tattle with Laura Purcell

120 | Tea and Tattle with Melanie Barnes

Hello and welcome to Tea & Tattle, a podcast that celebrates female creativity and storytelling. I’m your host, Miranda Mills, and today I’m joined by the author and photographer, Melanie Barnes, to discuss Melanie’s new book, Seeking Slow, which is a guide to reclaiming moments of calm in your day. I’m a big proponent of the Slow Living movement, and I so enjoyed chatting to Melanie about her philosophy of simple living, the importance of the mind-body connection, and how knowing the purpose and intention behind your actions helps you to be happier and work more efficiently. This is a lovely listen to encourage everyone to remember to slow down, breathe deeply and practice self-care and compassion even at the busiest times of year. Read the show notes: teaandtattlepodcast.com/home/120 Get in touch! Email: teaandtattlepodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @teaandtattlepodcast If you enjoy Tea & Tattle, please do rate and leave a review of the show on Apple Podcasts, as good reviews help ...

31 MIN2019 DEC 3
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120 | Tea and Tattle with Melanie Barnes

119 | Tea and Tattle with Esther Rutter

Welcome to the new season of Tea & Tattle! This week on the podcast, I’m joined by the writer and knitter, Esther Rutter, to talk about Esther’s first book: This Golden Fleece: A Journey Through Britain’s Knitted History, which saw Esther travelling across Britain from Shetland to the Channel Islands, in search of the stories behind Britain’s long history of wool and knitting. To complete her book, Esther took a year off work to travel, knit and research, and in ‘This Golden Fleece,’ she spins a fascinating tale of her own personal journey as a knitter, as she takes on a fresh knitting project each month, as well as the stories she unearths of knitting traditions that have been passed down throughout the centuries. Today on the podcast, Esther tells me about what inspired her project, how knitting your own clothes can be a powerful political act, how women have plied their needles to aid change in the world, and what are some of her favourite British yarn companies. This is a ...

37 MIN2019 NOV 26
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119 | Tea and Tattle with Esther Rutter
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