The Waiting Land is the third in a series of books tracing Dervla’s involvement with the self-sufficient mountain cultures of the Himalayas. Lured by the chance to work again with refugees (a group of five hundred Tibetans lodged in tents in the remote Pokhara valley), Dervla settles down to live in a tiny, vermin-infested room above a stall in a bazaar. Here she falls under the spell of the ancient land of Nepal, poised between East and West, between China and India, between Buddhism and Hinduism, yet true to its own distinct civilization. Dervla’s understanding of the roots of the Nepalese past, and her own stamina, culminate in an epic trek into the remote Langtang region on the border with Tibet.
‘She revels in bizarre experiences and strange encounters in a land where the only thing certain is that the unpredictable always happens.’ – Irish Independent
‘Dashing in her insight, beautifully responsive to environment, supportive to peopleof most sorts, sometimes exceedingly funny.’ – TLS
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