Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Gunpowder Gardens, the Ebook
Some time ago I ran across a description of a tea book called The Gunpowder Gardens. I never got around to reading it but I'll rectify that oversight since author Jason Goodwin just contacted me to let me know that it's been issued as an ebook. Here's what he has to say about it:
Edgar Award winner Jason Goodwin writes the Yashim thriller series set in 19th century Istanbul, translated into over 40 languages. But it’s not how he began.
In The Gunpowder Gardens or, A Time for Tea: Travels in India and China in Search of Tea, Jason set out to explore the history of the tea trade on the South China coast, the tea auctions of Calcutta and the tea gardens of the Himalayas. ‘The Gunpowder Gardens was the first book I wrote,’ Jason says. ‘It was a spectacular moment for travel-writing, and the story of tea was a fascinating subject.’
Shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, The Gunpowder Gardens takes the reader on a journey through the tea lands of India and China, blending a fascinating account of the history - and flavour - of tea with vivid travel narrative.
With a memorable cast of characters, from Hong Kong’s Professor Tea to The Nose in Darjeeling, The Gunpowder Gardens is often funny, always vivid, and – in the words of The Sunday Times – ‘full of fascination’.
‘Readers are fortunate,’ said the New York Times. ‘Jason Goodwin has been inspired…to devote his funny, evocative first book to the history and geography of tea. … It has summoned up all the tea in China and India. And made one thirst for a spicy cup of the brew.’
Buy The Gunpowder Gardens at Amazon