Black Tea by Stephen Morris | ebook
Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Christopher Bland Prize 2020
A triumph of art as well as of observation
Paul Binding, cultural critic and author
This fascinating autobiographical travelogue is an unblinking self-analysis
Zinovy Zinik, celebrated Russian author and BBC critic
Elegiac, evocative and disarmingly candid, Black Tea rattles along like a Russian train. It can be soothingly poetic and then bring you to a standstill with its sharp, searing honesty
Inspired by the artful prose of Primo Levi, Raynor Winn and Deborah Levy, Black Tea is a book about Russia that starts in London at the height of the Cold War and ends on a beach in Crimea forty years later.
Lucy Ash, BBC Russia Correspondent
Highly informed with a unique perspective, Black Tea chronicles the changing geography, politics and personality of Russia over his thirty years there. A reflection and a travelogue, Steve Morris hauntingly explores love and identity, commitment and family.