Inspired by a shotgun-blast in the seat of his breeches, young Karli Van Cleer quits his native Holland to seek his fortune. All The Tea In China follows his perilous journey across the globe, as Karli is confronted by mountainous seas, high-piled plates of curry and the ferocious penalties of the Articles of War. En route he acquires some interesting diseases, a fortune, and a wife almost as good as new. And changes his name to Mortdecai. Addicts and newcomers alike will revel in this lusty tale of an ancestor of Charlie Mortdecai who helped make Britain great - for a price.
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Kyril Bonfiglioli was born in 1928 of an English mother and Italo-Slovene father. A former professional soldier and Oxford graduate, he worked as an art dealer before writing five novels in the 1970s including the deliciously funny The Mordecai Trilogy. He died in Jersey in 1985.
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Book Description Book Condition: Good. [ No Hassle 30 Day Returns ][ Ships Daily ] [ Underlining/Highlighting: NONE ] [ Writing: NONE ] [ Edition: reprint ] sticker on inside cover Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Pub Date: 2/28/2002 Binding: Paperback Pages: 272 reprint edition. Bookseller Inventory # 5488565
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Fine. No creases, bright internal pages no soiling to covers, a fine crisp softco ver edition. Kyril Bonfiglioli, the groundbreaking satirist whose writing The New Yorker described as "an unholy collaboration between P. G. Wodehouse and Ian Flem ing," was truly a writer ahead of his time. In this hilarious novel, Bonfig lioli takes us back in time to an ironical maritime romp--Master and Comman der by way of Monty Python. Inspired by a shotgun blast in the seat of his breeches, young Karli Van Cl eef quits his native Holland to seek his fortune. He arrives in early Victo rian London and soon he is turning a pretty profit. But Karli sees that tru e opportunity flowers in India's fields of opium poppies and the treaty por ts of the China coast. So he takes a berth in an opium clipper hell-bent fo r the Indies. It is a journey beset with perils. Karli is confronted by the mountainous s eas, high-piled plates of curry, and the ferocious penalties of the Article s of War. He survives the malice of the Boers, the hospitality of anthropop hagi, and the horrors of Lancashire cooking. En route he acquires some inte resting diseases, dangerous friends and enemies, a fortune, and a wife almo st as good as new. Fans and newcomers alike will revel in this picaresque tale of the early years of one of the men who helped make Britain great--for a consideration. Bookseller Inventory # RWARE0000013804