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    DescriptionNo other land has captured man's imagination quite like Tibet. Hidden away behind the highest mountains on earth, and ruled over by a mysterious God-king, it was for centuries a land forbidden to all outsiders. In this remarkable and ultimately tragic narrative, Peter Hopkirk recounts the forcible opening up of this medieval Buddhist kingdom by inquisitive Western travellers during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the race to reach Lhasa, Tibet's sacred capital. This epic, often harrowing tale, which ends with the Chinese invasion of 1950, draws on a colourful cast of gatecrashers from nine different countries. Among them were adventurous young officers on Great Game missions, explorers and mountaineers, mystics and missionaries. All took their lives in their hands, including three intrepid women. Some were never to return.


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    Title
    Trespassers on the Roof of the World
    Subtitle
    The Race for Lhasa
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Hopkirk
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 216 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780719564499
    ISBN 10: 0719564492
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPCT
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BISAC V2.8: HIS050000
    DC22: 951.5
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPCT
    Illustrations note
    8pp black and white
    Publisher
    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    27 March 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Peter Hopkirk has travelled widely in the regions where his six books are set - Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, India and Pakistan, Iran, and Eastern Turkey. He has worked as an ITN reporter, the New York correspondent of the old Daily Express, and - for twenty years - on The Times. No stranger to misadventure, he has twice been held in secret police cells and has also been hijacked by Arab terrorists. His works have been translated into fourteen languages.
    Review quote
    'A marvellous book, well researched and beautifully written - a treat for armchair explorers everywhere' New Statesman 'As vivid and gripping as a John Buchan novel' Evening Standard