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3.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 5 3.81 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Rose Narrator: Sarah Rose Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781400185375
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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, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • With her probing inquiry and engaging prose, Sarah Rose paints a fresh and vivid account of life in rural 19th-century China and Fortune's fateful journey into it. The Washington Post
  • “With her probing inquiry and engaging prose, Sarah Rose paints a fresh and vivid account of life in rural nineteenth-century China and Fortune’s fateful journey into it…if ever there was a book to read in the company of a nice cuppa, this is it.”

    Washington Post

  • “Pause to reflect that the tea you are enjoying is totally hot—as in, stolen! Nabbed! Ripped off! Nothing more than the subject of international corporate espionage!”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “An enthusiastic tale of how the humble leaf became a global addiction.”

    Financial Times

  • “The plot for Sarah Rose’s For All the Tea in China seems tailor-made for a Hollywood thriller…a story that should appeal to readers who want to be transported on a historic journey laced with suspense, science and adventure.”

    Associated Press

  • “In For All the Tea in China, the most eventful era of the tea plant gets the inspired treatment it deserves.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “A delicious brew of information on the history of tea cultivation and consumption in the Western world…a remarkably riveting tale.”

    Booklist, starred review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy | 1/31/2014

    " Great book on tea - growing, harvesting, transport, manufacturing and drinking. So coffee takes a back seat now? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/21/2014

    " It was a fascinating, well-written book on early industrial espionage. The lack of maps really irritated me however. Here is a man going places in China no westerner had ever gone, many of which may have changed names by now and not one lousy map. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norma | 1/13/2014

    " Excellent--all you ever wanted to know about how China lost its monopoly of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Goldsmith | 1/11/2014

    " A fascinating peek into British and Chinese history, psyches and how commerce in tea, opium and sugar influenced world history in the 18th and 19th centuries. A good story and very pleasurable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 12/28/2013

    " I had to delete a star because the audiobook was negatively impacted by the voice and timbre of the reader. In some cases an author can also be talented as a readed, Frank McCourt being one in particular. Not the case for this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/28/2013

    " I know more about tea and it's cultivation, processing, origins etc. than any person has the right to know~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/21/2013

    " Very interesting little account of the tea trade between England and China, and how the English 'stole' the secret of growing the best tea in the world. Recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 11/24/2013

    " great read. so informative and helps me understand so much better what England and the E India tea co was doing and it's role in ruling India in the 1800's. Explanation of the Opium Wars and the acquiring of Hong Kong--all and not to mention all about tea! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thoroughly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 10/17/2013

    " Careful examination of the British attempt to kidnap tea plants and tea plant seeds from China, to cultivate in the Himalayas. Loved the book, hated the cd read by the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 9/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book: started as an audio book and finished in print. Amazing story of the botanist who ventured into the center of China in the mid 19 th century to steal tea for British consumption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 7/23/2013

    " Fasinating look at tea history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kassandra | 5/20/2013

    " this book was pretty good but the subject is very narrow = NOT a general history of tea and it's rise to world popularity. really all it discusses is how the British East India Company tried to transplant tea plants from China to India. still pretty interesting though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/14/2013

    " Wow! Story of East India Company and England's hold on China, opium, and India. Fascinating! Great history lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Godden | 6/27/2012

    " Great, rollicking read. superb style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 10/18/2011

    " Quite a fascinating read! Brings history alive and if you love tea, you must read this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 7/14/2011

    " Good story about how the chinese stole tea from india, the plants and then the industry. Who really thinks tea came from India originally. Good informative read with a little horticulture thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 7/12/2011

    " Non-fiction. Telling of Joseph Fortune and how he was hired by the British East India Company to literally steal tea from China and bring the industry to India. Really cool connections and good storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 5/27/2011

    " Emphasis on the subtitle! The story is amazing, and this telling is comprehensive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsey | 5/9/2011

    " A concise history of British colonial rule in Asia/ the Indian subcontinent, and a botanical adventure to boot. This was a fast paced and readable work that was educational and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/30/2011

    " Great story about the espionage behind the British acquisition of tea and its transplanting to India, but the writing plodded a little - perhaps imitating the meandering journeys? Worth a read, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 4/17/2011

    " Quite a fascinating read! Brings history alive and if you love tea, you must read this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marykris | 3/21/2011

    " As a tea junkie, I enjoyed learning the history behind my favorite beverage. I thought the story dragged at times but overall I learned a lot about tea production, the East India Company and factors that lead to the industrial revolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/2/2011

    " More fun facts - and there's a mention of Fortune in
    Bill Bryson's "At Home", which I read just before this.
    If you like tea, China, or just a good read, this is for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/4/2011

    " A fascinating nonfiction read for anyone who has ever enjoyed drinking a cup of tea. China had the lock on growing and exporting tea and England was desperate to break into this monopoly of what they considered a staple. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 1/9/2011

    " very interesting: history of tea, England, China all in one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/6/2011

    " Love this book. Read many books on the history of tea and did not really learn anything not already covered but giving it a person to follow, like Robert Fortune, made it more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 1/1/2011

    " Fascinating botanical, political and historical look at how the tea industry was stolen from China by a United Kingdom individual. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Rose

Sarah Rose has covered a broad range of beats, including international politics and economics during the Hong Kong handover, finance and business during the end of the dot-com bubble, the environment, and local stories about cops, courts, and schools. She now writes about food and travel for the Wall Street Journal, Men’s Journal, Outside, and Bon Appetit, among others. A Chicago native, Rose holds degrees from Harvard College and the University of Chicago.