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Suggested Reading
Tibet
(click on the links to buy the books from Amazon)
 
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Freedom in Exile, The Autobiography of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.  Brilliantly combines his story with the history of Tibet itself.  Very readable. 
 



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A Beginner's Guide to Changing the World (formerly called For Tibet, With Love) Well obviously we are promoting this 'fast and funny' book as it is entertaining as well as very informative about the Tibet situation. Bridget Jones meets Michael Moore...
 

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The Dance of 17 Lives. The Incredible True Story of Tibet's 17th Karmapa. by Mick Brown. The story of the Karmapas, the life of the 16th Karmapa and the story of how the amazing current 17th Karmapa escaped the control of the Chinese Government. If you don't believe in reincarnation.. read this book! Published in March of this year... can be ordered now.
 
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The Dragon in the Land of Snows, Tsering Shakya.  The definitive history of Tibet since 1947.  Irritated both Chinese and Tibetan critics.  Objective and surprisingly readable.
 
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The Tibetans: A Struggle to Survive. Steve Lehman, Robbie Barnett and Robert Coles.  A photographic book with 35 B&W and 90 colour photos, taken over a ten year period by the award winning photo-journalist Steve Lehman and including an essay by the academic and Tibet Specialist Robbie Barnett.

 
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The Search for the Panchen Lama, Isabel Hilton.  Explains who the Panchen Lama is and why the Chinese took him away.  The first half has lots of explanation and the second half has lots of action.  So keep reading. 
 
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Last seen in Lhasa A wonderful, gentle book, out in 2006, which reveals the reality of the situation in Tibet today in the context of a gentle and very readable narrative. A wonderul gift for Tibet fans, travel readers or anyone with an interest in Buddhism. Another book that can creat Tibet supporters from scratch.
 

 
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Namma: a Tibetan Love Story Kate Karko.  A Tibetan book with a difference.  Kate travels to Dharamsala where she meets a Tibetan nomad who is to become her husband.  This story centres on her experiences of living with his family in Amdo.  
 
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Hotel on the Roof of the World.  Alex Le Sueur spent five years running a hotel in Lhasa.  His story makes Fawlty Towers seem dull.
 
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 The Bradt Travel Guide: Tibet  Of the many Tibet guides that are available we recommend the Bradt guide because it's written by Michael Buckley who wrote Heartlands above and he's a real expert.  A wonderfully practical guide too.  
                     

We are interested to hear from you which books you think ought to make the Top ten.  

 

 

 

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