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In the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon [Hardcover]

Joanna Lumley
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23 Oct 1997
In 1931 Joanna Lumley's grandparents travelled to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to invest King Jigme Wangchuk as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire. They journeyed for three-and-a-half months through dense jungles and across mountain passes and uncharted plains, taking with them a film camera. In this book, their granddaughter records her thoughts and impressions of Bhutan as she follows in their footsteps, trekking across the country from west to east, on foot and on ponies. The book includes photographs from her trip, archive pictures from her grandparents' album, drawings by Lumley herself, and extracts from her own journal and her grandmother's diary. It is peppered with recipes, remedies, customs and, all through, a vein of personal family history and the author's own thoughts and observations.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (23 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563383291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563383291
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joanna Lumley was an army daughter, born in post-war Kasmir before growing up in the south of England. Most recently she has appeared on the West End stage in La Bete.

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4.0 out of 5 stars In the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon 31 Oct 2009
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A fascinating story of a journey to follow the path of a trek undertaken by Joana Lumley's Grandparents through Bhutan. Having just visited that beautiful country, I was fascinated by how much had changed and by how little had changed! If you are planning to visit Bhutan, do read this book before you go to get a flavour of the country and of the people who are most hospitable. Bhutan is extremely clean with no tobacco products allowed, no plastic bags and no advertisement hoardings! A veritable Nirvana or Shangri-La.
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4.0 out of 5 stars travelling with Joanna 19 Aug 2010
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What a treat to be able to join Joanna Lumley on this exciting journey. To hear her thoughts and share her responses to the grandure as well as the detail of the treck through Bhutan. She makes you feel like an honoured guest joining this family adeventure. A marvellous book for a winter's afternoon by a blazing fire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Janna at her best 21 Feb 2013
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Easy to read with good descriptions that enable you to join her in your mind.
A wonderful trip I would love to make myself, an enjoyable read that brings a different culture
to the reader without a prior knowledge of the Countries visited.
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5.0 out of 5 stars patsy stone is the coolest ever! 1 Oct 2012
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an amazing book, ana amazing author, many of you may already know that joanna plays the infamous patsy stone on the awesone british comedy called absolutely fabulous! a must read for sure, what an adventure! she takes you right there with her.
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