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  • Published: 31 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448118885
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Last Seen in Lhasa

The story of an extraordinary friendship in modern Tibet

Now available in b format, the highly acclaimed story of Claire Scobie's journeys in modern Tibet

Some go to Tibet seeking inspiration, 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 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, an unusual Tibetan nun who was to change her life.

Through seven journeys in Tibet, Claire chronicles a rapidly changing world - where monks talk on mobiles and Lhasa's sex industry thrives. 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. And they forge an abiding friendship, based on intuition and deep respect.

Evoking the luminous landscape of snow peaks and wild alpine gardens, Claire Scobie captures the paradoxes of contemporary Tibet, a land steeped in religion, struggling against oppression and galloping towards modernity. Last Seen in Lhasa is a unique story of insight and adventure that can touch us all.

  • Published: 31 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448118885
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the author

Claire Scobie

Claire Scobie is an award-winning British journalist and author who has lived and worked in the UK, India and Australia. Her travel memoir, Last Seen in Lhasa, won the 2007 Dolman Best Travel Book Award. In 2017, a new memoir, A Baboon in the Bedroom, co-authored with her mother Patricia Scobie, is being released. She has written for numerous publications, including the Daily Telegraph and the Observer. Through her consultancy, Wordstruck, Claire advises companies and leaders on how to harness the power of storytelling as a strategic business tool. She runs writing courses in Australia, Asia and the UK, and mentors writers one-on-one. In 2013, she completed a Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University. The Pagoda Tree is her first novel.


Praise for Last Seen in Lhasa

Stylish, elegant prose in this absorbing and rewarding account


A rich, profound and deeply moving book...gripping

Time Out

A love letter to friendship

Sydney Morning Herald

Required reading... laced with gentle humour and great affection

Sunday Telegraph

Truly wonderful...not only a deeply moving and inspiring account of a friendship but also an enthralling insight into a vanishing world

Mick Brown, author of The Spiritual Tourist

Claire Scobie's refreshing book shows how people can see their lives differently

Xinran, author of Sky Burial

An intimate and moving account of a way of life that is fast disappearing

Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane

Claire Scobie brings a great eye and a great heart to this wonderful story of place, friendship and spirituality. It's an inner journey as well as an outer one, but the detail, subtlety and surprises of the outer journey make her experiences of Tibet utterly compelling

Stephanie Dowrick, author of Choosing Happiness

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