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Last Seen in Lhasa
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Some go to Tibet seeking epiphanies, others for adventure. The award-winning journalist, Claire Scobie, found both when she left her ordinary life in London and went to the Himalayas in search of a flower, a rare red lily. Her journey took her to Pemako, where few Westerners have set foot and where the myth of Shangri-la was born. It was here she became friends with Ani, a Tibetan nun with waist-length hair and rosy cheeks, a woman who was to change her life. Ani is a nomad who grew up during the Cultural Revolution and ran away from home to avoid an arranged marriage. She became an itinerant nun, meditating for years in caves. Through seven journeys in Tibet, Claire chronicles a rapidly changing world -- where monks talk on mobiles and Lhasa s sex industry thrives. There is a brief love affair with a Tibetan and Claire meets the Dalai Lama in exile. But it is Ani, a penniless wanderer with a rich heart, who leaves an indelible impression. Together, in a culture where freedom of expression is forbidden, they risk arrest. Yet they forge an abiding friendship, based on intuition and deep respect. Evoking the luminous landscape of snow peaks and wild alpine gardens, Claire Scobie cap
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Unusual true story of modern Tibet by a female adventurer

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Claire Scobie studied History at Cambridge, where she won an award as Best Features Journalist for the student newspaper. On graduating she worked for the Saturday Telegraph Magazine for three years and won the Catherine Pakenham Award as Best Young Journalist of the Year. Since then she has written for numerous publications including the Daily Telegraph, The Observer, Scotsman on Sunday, The Age, The Bulletin and The South China Morning Post. She has been living in Australia since 2001 but travels widely.

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