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In pulsating polluted Kathmandu, and an idyllic village at the foot of the Himalayas, "Doctor Jane" and her engineer husband, Simon, hope to make a difference: Jane to fulfill her vision to heal and advocate for the poor, Simon to avert floods that threaten to devastate the country every monsoon. As they acclimatize and begin to absorb something of an accepting Nepali view of life, they find sanity, compassion, and joy with baby David, who in England was little more than an interesting medical case. 

This is a tale of Himalayan highs and lows, of cultural complexities, unexpected wildlife, and rugged terrain, of vivid color, superstition, and spicy smells. A moving candid story of courage, love, and a family's determination to give their children the best life possible.

"The proverbial life-changing book." (The Daily Telegraph)

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©2012 Bradt Travel Guides (P)2020 Jane Wilson-Howarth

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I loved listening to this book!

I loved listening to this book. The intensity of Jane’s life experience, the decisions she and her husband had to make, particularly their courage to go against medical professional advice and society's norm, was so admirable and humbling! I was very impressed with the descriptions of life in rural Nepal. Her description of sounds, colours, and textures helped create a vivid picture. Their adventures; trekking with the children up the Himals was particularly awe-inspiring. Her humour is evident when in the middle of grief and despair; she finds the sounds of birds or dripping water communicating to her. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed reading the book as much as I did listening to it. Her narration is excellent.

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Fascinating and insightful

This beautifully written true story of a young family who after the birth of their second child, dismissed as an “interesting case “ by doctors in the U.K., return to life and work in Nepal. Each chapter is heralded by birdsong and tells the tale of David’s life, interspersed by insight into the culture of Nepal along with the authors extensive known of the wildlife they encounter

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Two worlds meet

From the start, Jane Wilson-Howarth's soothing voice draws you into her story of exotic Nepal with expertly judged dialogue and description that weave round you an atmosphere of a different world. Her experiences with her health-riddled newborn sting one to tears. It's an adventure inner and outer that is told by an author who articulates every word and nuance with sensitivity and clarity, bringing together her mentality, a modern medical technological one, with the vibrant humanity of a non-technological world. A story of love all round, an exploration into the unknown on so many levels, and well worth the listen.

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Inspiring and unforgettable

This is a thoroughly engaging and thought provoking story. The use of local sounds at the beginning of each chapter transported me to Nepal and set the scene beautifully. In these difficult times, many lessons can be learned about how to cope and even thrive when the situation lurches outside of ones control.

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An enjoyable and vivid journey

This book gives the reader an insight into the lives of the local people in a remote, hostile and primitive area of Nepal through the lives of a British family.
The text is wonderfully flowing and descriptive displaying the writer’s understanding and love of nature; painting vivid pictures in the reader’s mind.
The author details issues such as the social class system, cultural traditions as well as the poverty and harshness in contrast with the non urgent pace of life. What is captured perfectly is her passion for wanting to help and improve the lives of the local people
The writer sympathetically, warmly and honestly details the great joys but yet sorrows of her son David’s life.
This audio book we feel is greatly enhanced by Jane ,the author, reading the story so compellingly herself which gives the book a greater significance to the reader.

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Highly recommended

Very engaging and touching, with perceptive and vivid observations of Nepal. Beautifully written and well read. I enjoyed every minute.

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A great listen

This lovely account interweaves the challenges and emotions of a remarkable family life with evocative descriptions of life in that wonderful country, both in remote areas and those commonly visited. I very much enjoyed listening to it - as well as evoking memories for me, it taught me a lot. Thank you Jane

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Beautiful story, wonderfully narrated!

Brings you on an emotional and physical journey with Jane and her family, a truly wonderful and honest autobiography! Combining great travel writing with a beautiful story of love and some lessons you don’t expect to learn along the way.

I didn’t think I would enjoy audiobooks this much, but would recommend; really clear narration that makes you feel like you’re right there, experiencing Nepal and all the highs and lows with Jane! The chapter fade-in/out birdsong was also a really nice touch as well as the addition of an ‘up to date’ final chapter.

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Love and loss in the Himalayas

A most evocative and inspiring story, set mainly in the remote western plains of Nepal, but with excursions into the mountains and back to England.

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A wonderful insight into a life in Nepal

An emotional rollercoaster. Couldn't recommend this book more. If you have spent any time in Nepal, it will bring back fond memories. And if you haven't spent time in Nepal, the book has so so much more to offer around a number of important topics.

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A true pleasure

The original book was a very good read. Now - with the author's narration - the poignant and amusing story truly comes to life. Highly recommended for all ages.