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The author of the book: Charles Allen
ISBN: 0349111421
ISBN 13: 9780349111421
Language: English
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Edition: Abacus (UK)
Date of issue: February 1st 2001

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The idea of a hidden refuge, a paradise far from the stresses of modern life, has universal appeal. In 1932 the writer James Hilton coined the word Shangri-La to describe such a place, when he gave that name to a hidden valley in the Himalayas in his popular romance, Lost Horizon. Exploring the myth behind the story, this book tracks down the sources that Hilton drew upon in writing his novel, and then sets out to discover what lies behind the legend that inspired him. In the course of an account of his four journeys into Tibet, Charles Allen also provides a reading of that country's early history, dismissing notions of Tibet as a Buddhist paradise and seeking to restore the mysterious pre-Buddhist religion of Bon to its rightful place in Tibetan culture. He also locates the lost kingdom of Shang-shung and, in doing so, the original Shangri-La itself: in a remarkable gorge beyond the Himalayas, full of extraordinary ruins.


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Ebook The Search for Shangri-La: A Journey Into Tibetan History read Online! Charles Allen (born 1940) is a British writer and historian. He was born in India, where several generations of his family served under the British Raj. His work focuses on India and South Asia in general. Allen's most notable work is Kipling Sahib, a biography of Rudyard Kipling. His most recent work, Ashoka: the Search for India's Lost Emperor, was published in February 2012.

Selected works
1975. Plain Tales from the Raj: Images of British India in the Twentieth Century.
1977. RAJ: A Scrapbook of British India 1877-1947.
1979. Tales from the Dark Continent: Images of British Colonial Africa in the Twentieth Century.
1982. A Mountain in Tibet: The Search for Mount Kailas and the Sources of the Great Rivers of India.
1983. Tales from the South China Seas: Images of the British in South-East Asia in the Twentieth Century.
1984. Lives of the Indian Princes, with co-author Sharada Dwivedi.
1987. Kipling's Kingdom: His Best Indian Stories.
1986. A Glimpse of the Burning Plain: Leaves from the Journals of Charlotte Canning.
1988. A Soldier of the Company: Life of an Indian Ensign 1833-43.
1989. Architecture of the British Empire, Ed. R. Fermor-Hesketh.
1990. The Savage Wars of Peace: Soldiers' Voices 1945-1989.
1991. Thunder and Lightning: the RAF in the Gulf War.
1999. The Search for Shangri-La: a Journey into Tibetan History.
2000. India Through the Lens: Photography 1840-1911, Ed. Vidya Dehejia.
2000. Soldier Sahibs: the Men who Made the North-West Frontier.
2002. The Buddha and the Sahibs: the Men who Discovered India's Lost Religion.
2004. Duel in the Snows: the True Story of the Younghusband Mission to Lhasa.
2005. Maharajas:Resonance from the Past.
2006. God's Terrorists: the Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad.
2007. Kipling Sahib: India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling.
2008. The Buddha and Dr Fuhrer: an Archaeological Scandal.
2011. The Taj at Apollo Bunder: the History of the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai', with co-author Sharada Dwivedi.
2012. Ashoka: the Search for India's Lost Emperor.


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