Lex In A Teacup



As previously mentioned here, each time one of my books comes out, my Mum gets me a gorgeous book teacup designed by the eminently talented, and fantastically named, Bethan Lloyd Worthington. Bethan is given a list of keywords from the book, and designs the cups from these so that they are based on elements from the story. It’s like getting a front cover, only even better.

Lex Trent versus The Gods is due to be published on the 4th February but Amazon are sending it out already, and I hear that it has been spotted in some book shops, so I have my teacup a little early.

Photos don’t quite do it justice because the fine detail is easier to see in real life, but they should give the jist. You also cannot tell from the photos that the cup and saucer have both been sandblasted in order to make it appear that they have been lost in the sea for a few millenia – or a few years, at any rate. Whilst I was in Las Vegas last year I went to a Titanic exhibition that showcased some of the exhibits they’d pulled from the wreckage, including cups and plates, and so I can personally attest to the fact that the sandblasting effect is remarkably similar to a cup that really has spent years beneath the sea.  

This is the Medusa Lex battles:




 This is the whiskerfish that Lex . . . ah, well, perhaps I’d better not say as I don’t want to give key plot points away, but take it from me that this strange little fish is very important to Lex indeed.




Inside the cup is a magic hat and wand. Magic hats are very important in this book, and lead to all sorts of trouble:

Magic Hat


And in the top right hand corner below is the gigantic sand castle in the sky where the first round of the Game takes place:

Sand Castle


So there it is – my fabulous Lex Trent book cup, which I will no doubt spend many happy hours staring at, especially when in need of inspiration. If that doesn’t make you want to buy the book, I don’t know what will. As I said, it’s available from Amazon right now so there is no need to wait any longer, peoples! Flying ships, medusas, floating sandcastles, magic hats, whiskerfish and much, much more (crones, enchanters, duckigs, space ladders, nasal lice – the list is endless) can all be yours when you buy Lex Trent!


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7 Responses to “Lex In A Teacup”

  1. Christine Says:

    Received and read my copy of Lex Trent already. A fantastic book, you should be really proud of it.

    I love the teacups. It’s so sweet of your mum to do that when your books come out. Bless her 😀

  2. Alex Bell Says:

    That’s cos she’s my bff!

    Glad you enjoyed Lex!

  3. Neil Ford Says:

    That is absolutely gorgeous! Your mum is a real star for doing this for you.

    I haven’t seen the book in the wild yet, but when I do you will get photos.

    – Neil. xx

  4. Alex Bell Says:

    My Mum totally *is* a star!

    And if you think the teacups are cool, you ought to see the themed parties we do!

    Photos will definitely be welcome 🙂

  5. Dave Weddell Says:

    Wonderful piece of art, its a brilliant idea.
    Congratulations on the new book Jaine and I will try and get a copy soon.

    I plugged it for you at the Little Green Dragon as they now specialise in young adult. You should expect to hear from them as they might want you to do a talk 🙂

  6. Oliver Drozd Says:

    The tea cups are very nice, and would like to say that I very much enjoyed lex Trent; being one of the people who had it on order way before release!! Will there be any signings to coincide with the ‘official’ release?

  7. Alex Bell Says:

    Thanks very much for the plug, Dave. Little Green Dragon has seemed like a lovely shop every time I’ve been, and I would love to hear from them.

    Glad to hear you enjoyed the book, Oliver, and thank you for pre-ordering! It looks like I will be doing a number of things to promote Lex but I think these will mostly consist of school talks and the like. There are no signings planned that I know of but if any do get arranged you can be sure I will post about it in advance here on the blog.

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