'A thoughtprovoking work, filled with unusual links and ideas that deserve to be explored' - Patrick French in the Sunday Times 'Retells the adventures of kings and seers, shamans and deities, handling the tales of war, triumph and defeat with mastery' - Tahir Shah in the Literary Review
From the Publisher
In 1933, writer James Hilton published a novel called "Lost Horizon." At its center is the notion that, hidden beyond the Himalayas in western Tibet, there is a valley inhabited by all-wise lamas who have achieved an ideal human existence. Hilton called his valley "Shangri-La." In "The Search for Shangri-La," acclaimed travel writer Charles Allen tracks down the sources that Hilton drew upon, then sets out to discover the truth behind the legend that inspired him. In the course of a lively account of his four journeys into Tibet, Allen also gives us a controversial reading of the country"s early history, shattering our notions of Tibet as a Buddhist paradise and restoring the mysterious pre-Buddhist religion of Bon to its rightful place in Tibetan culture.