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The Rose of Tibet

Lionel Davidson

From the bestselling author of Kolymsky Heights.

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From the bestselling author of Kolymsky Heights

‘I devoured it.’ Anthony Horowitz

With an introduction by Anthony Horowitz

A filmmaker is reported dead near Mount Everest. His brother, Charles Houston, is convinced he’s alive and is determined to find him. It’s a dangerous expedition. He travels from India to the forbidden land of Tibet. In the Yamdring monastery, he discovers an emerald treasure guarded by a woman with a deadly secret. But the Chinese army is coming…

‘I hadn’t realised how much I had missed the genuine adventure story until I read The Rose of Tibet.’ Graham Greene

‘Thrilling . . . a perilous journey across Tibet in search of a missing brother.’ Jake Kerridge, Telegraph

Critic Reviews

Thrilling ... a perilous journey across Tibet in search of a missing brother.

Jake Kerridge, Telegraph
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This tale of a quest for treasure from India to Tibet should ... have been a Harrison Ford film.

Christopher Fowler, Independent
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Like all accounts of wild and dangerous encounters with extreme cold, pain and fear, it intensifies the comfort and cosiness of an armchair in a warm, softly-lit room in a peaceful and ordered land ... An astonishing work of imagination.

Peter Hitchens
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Is Lionel Davidson today's Rider Haggard? His novel has all the excitement of She and King Solomon's Mines.

Daphne du Maurier
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A first-class piece of storytelling, well-plotted, convincing, suspenseful.

Sunday Telegraph
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[W]ritten with elegance, intelligence and wit ... The Rose of Tibet, if it is to be classified, is an adventure thriller, peppered with history, religion and politics. Its hero, Charles Houston, a failed artist bored with being an art teacher, sets out to find his brother Hugh, last heard of travelling with a film crew in Tibet. It is late 1949, shortly before communist China's invasion of the Buddhist state ... Most of the book's riveting atmospheric action is filled by Houston's slow and troubled journey over the mountains to Yamdring, a town teeming with priestesses and monasteries, at one of which his brother was rumoured to be. He's constantly beset by illness, a propensity to drink, injury, exhaustion, terrible weather, inadequate maps, an unreliable horse and the young Ringling, an inexperienced local guide and translator ... His flight back to civilisation is as fraught as was his journey to Yamdring - and just as gripping ... Faber's reissue of Lionel Davidson's novels, which started last year with Kolymsky Heights, is very welcome.

Marcel Berlins, The Times

Lionel Davidson was born in 1922 in Hull, Yorkshire. He left school early and worked as a reporter before serving in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. His first novel, The Night of Wenceslas, was published in 1960 to great critical acclaim and drew comparisons to Graham Greene and John le Carré. It was followed by The Rose…

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