A Beginner’s Guide to Changing the World – for Tibet, with Love

by Organikal on June 10, 2006

by Isabel Losada, author of The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment

What an intelligent, inspirational, warm and humorous lady. That’s my impression after reading A Beginner’s Guide…I liked Isabel so much I’ve added her to our fantasy dinner list.

The author guides us on her often frustrating, yet ultimately rewarding, journey as an individual trying to make a difference. Her subject? : Tibet.

I mostly smiled whilst reading this book, despite some harrowing tales (a small, but essential part of her tale) of Chinese barbarity and flagrant disregard of human rights. Isabel Losada writes extremely well and achieves a compelling story in addition to a fantastic vehicle for her www.actfortibet.com campaign.

Isabel’s journey sees her demonstrate outside the Chinese Embassy, tackle altitude sickness in Tibet, engage with all levels of authority in the UK, Tibet and India with a smile and serenity, get increasingly frustrated with western campaign organisations, organise her own crazy stunt and finally meet the Dalai Lama himself.

I wholeheartedly believe that Isabel wrote the book to get results. To help ordinary folks make a difference to an often forgotten cause. I’ve found myself referring to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on a number of ocassions since finishing the book – so much so that I crafted an email to that old favourite of mine – the Today programme – this morning and quoted the Dalai Lama.

I wish every author would write about their subject with such warmth, humour and compassion. It would make my reading pleasure 100 times more palatable.

Go visit www.actfortibet.com today and see what you can do to really make a difference – Isabel has also very thoughtfully compiled a list of reading and watching material to gen up on the subject, for those of you who want to find out more….

Of course, you can buy the book from Amazon here

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dwlt June 10, 2006 at 9:01 pm

I’m curious – who else is on your dinner list?


Organikal June 12, 2006 at 12:23 pm

Ah well – we have this running list. I tried to think who else was included, and have forgotten! Joni Mitchell is there – for her poetry, her music, her art. Prince Charles is also there – I’m curious to hear more about his views on the holistic lifestyle. Deepak Chopra most definitely, for everything. I do need to start writing this all down so I remember it. I do have a plan to send out the invites one day for real.

Isabel Losada suggested I asked three of my favourite authors along – and see how it went. I would choose Isabel, Manda Scott and Joanne Harris for that one.


Organikal June 12, 2006 at 12:38 pm

Isabel sent me this reply – what an extraordinarily lovely lady:

“Julie – thank you for this… really lovely message. May I put it on my
messageboard please? Along with the link to your site?
You buying even one copy can make the difference between it staying on the
shelves in Waterstones or being discontinued… So every copy I appreciate
absurdly. Thank you also for your blog on the book. You obviously ‘got
I predict, from your site, that you’ll enjoy Batteresa too.
Thank you SO much for writing.
Lots of love,
Xxxx isabel”


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