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Jason Goodwin studied Byzantine history at Cambridge University - and returned to an old obsession to write The Gunpowder Gardens or, A Time For Tea: Travels in China and India in Search of Tea, which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Award. When the Berlin Wall fell, he walked from Poland to Istanbul to encounter the new European neighbours. His account of the journey, On Foot to the Golden Horn, won the John Llewellyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday Prize in 1993.

Fascinated by what he had learned of Istanbul's perpetual influence in the region, he wrote Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire, a New York Times Notable Book. 'If you want to learn,' he says, 'write a book.' Lords of the Horizons was described by Time Out as 'perhaps th
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Description: 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.’
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“Tea and water give each other life,' the Professor was saying. 'The tea is still alive. This tea has tea and water vitality.”
Jason Goodwin, A Time For Tea: Travels Through China and India in Search of Tea

“Tea and water give each oter life,' the Professor was saying. 'The tea is still alive. This tea has tea and water virality,' he added. '... Afterwards, the taste still happens... It rises like velvet... It is a performance.”
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“Tea and water give each other life,' the Professor was saying. 'The tea is still alive. This tea has tea and water vitality.”
Jason Goodwin, A Time For Tea: Travels Through China and India in Search of Tea

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Lao Tzu

45431 Q & A with Jason Goodwin — 12 members — last activity Mar 29, 2011 04:24PM
To mark the US release of his fourth Yashim mystery, An Evil Eye, the 2007 Edgar Award winning crime writer Jason Goodwin will be answering readers' q ...more
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So you struggled with War and Peace as a teenager - then it exploded into your mind when you read it again, at last, years later! Not all books are fo ...more
25x33 History - or mystery? — 2 members — last activity Sep 04, 2011 04:14PM
As a writer of historical fiction - in fact, historical mysteries - I'm curious about how far readers feel one can push the facts. Kate Mosse, an old ...more



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