FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA

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For All the Tea in China

In 1848, the British East India Company, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, engaged Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, botanist, and plant hunter, to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China-territory forbidden to foreigners-to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing. For All the Tea in China is the remarkable account of Fortune’s journeys into China-a thrilling narrative that combines history, geography, botany, natural science, and old-fashioned adventure.

Disguised in Mandarin robes, Robert Fortune ventured deep into the country, confronting pirates, hostile climate, and his own untrustworthy men as he made his way to the epicenter of tea production, the remote Wu Yi Shan hills. One of the most daring acts of corporate espionage in history, Fortune’s pursuit of China’s ancient secret makes for a classic nineteenth-century adventure tale, one in which the fate of empires hinges on the feats of one extraordinary man.

Chosen as BBC Radio’s Book of the Week.

  1. Dolly’s avatar

    i just finished this wonderful book this morning -read ever so slowly as to stretch out the suspense. Someone please turn this book into a movie . Just fantastic!

  2. Joe Tonner’s avatar

    Yes a BBC drama would be good

  3. Isobel Whitton’s avatar

    Hi Sarah

    Just finished reading your book “For All the Tea in China” – It is excellent ! I can’t believe I am Scottish and have been drinking tea since I was 5years old and did not know any of this rich history.
    I am part of a committee who is organising Scotland’s Tea Festival and wondered if you could sign a couple of books for our raffle ? We would also be interested in selling some for you on a sale or return basis if you have a local UK distributor ?

    Did the film get made ? It would make a wonderful film .

    Best Regards
    Isobel