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All the tea in China : which tells how Carolus Mortdecai Van Cleef set out to seek his fortune in London town, on the high seas, in India, the Treaty Ports of China and even in darkest Africa : and how he found it, predictably, in a place which has no longitude and precious little latitude

After committing a crime anyone but a close relative might forgive, Karli Mortdecai Van Cleef leaves Holland double-quick with his uncle's buckshot lodged firmly in the seat of his breeches. Discretion being the least-idiotic part of valour he decides to hide far away in London, among the tea shops and opium dens. On savouring these Eastern delicacies and knowing an opportunity when he sups upon one, young Karli throws in his lot with an opium clipper bound for China's high seas. Life on the ocean waves, however, is full of perils for an officer and his sensitive digestive tract: mountainous waves, an encounter with a malodorous slave ship, the captain's wife's pulse-racingly brief wardrobe, several hordes of pirates, mutiny, the ship's cook's fondness for curry - to name but a few. 'All the tea in China' is a swaggering, rip-snorting, buckler-swashing tale about one of the men who - for a reasonable fee - made Britain great.

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ISBN 9780241971765 (paperback)
Classification Number F
Author Bonfiglioli, Kyril
Title All the tea in China : which tells how Carolus Mortdecai Van Cleef set out to seek his fortune in London town, on the high seas, in India, the Treaty Ports of China and even in darkest Africa : and how he found it, predictably, in a place which has no longitude and precious little latitude [BK]
Publisher London : : Penguin,, 2014, c1978.
After committing a crime anyone but a close relative might forgive, Karli Mortdecai Van Cleef leaves Holland double-quick with his uncle's buckshot lodged firmly in the seat of his breeches. Discretion being the least-idiotic part of valour he decides to hide far away in London, among the tea shops and opium dens. On savouring these Eastern delicacies and knowing an opportunity when he sups upon one, young Karli throws in his lot with an opium clipper bound for China's high seas. Life on the ocean waves, however, is full of perils for an officer and his sensitive digestive tract: mountainous waves, an encounter with a malodorous slave ship, the captain's wife's pulse-racingly brief wardrobe, several hordes of pirates, mutiny, the ship's cook's fondness for curry - to name but a few. 'All the tea in China' is a swaggering, rip-snorting, buckler-swashing tale about one of the men who - for a reasonable fee - made Britain great.
Subject Mortdecai, Charlie (Fictitious character) -- Fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Diseases -- Fiction
Voyages and travels -- Fiction
London (England) -- Fiction
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