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Dr. Andrew Hall, British Ambassador to Nepal, 2006-2010:
"Diplomats, spies and journalists - all wanted sight of Elizabeth Hawley’s privately circulated monthly political bulletins. Through them outsiders could access the inside story on some of the most turbulent years in Nepal’s modern history, from the massacre of most of the royal family, to the near-collapse of the democratic state amidst political bickering, to the rise of a Maoist rebellion seeking to overturn the old order. A Kathmandu resident for over 50 years Miss Hawley knows everybody and has unique access. Plus she brings her famed forensic skill in nailing evasions and half-truths. Now published for the first time her Chronicles offer a unique insight into those tumultuous times.”
Ambassador Ralph Frank, Ambassador of the USA to Nepal 1997-2001:
"The monthly chronicles of my friend Elizabeth Hawley will be a valuable contribution to recording the tumultuous recent history of Nepal. As American Ambassador, time and time again, I came to rely on Miss Hawley for the "real" story of events in Nepal. She had great instincts, great sources, and the ability to cut through the rumor and drama which permeates much of what happens in this amazing country. By never compromising her high standards for reporting the facts, and providing remarkable analysis, she has contributed enormously to the universal understanding of events over the last quarter century. Everyone who cares about this Himalayan country will find this a "must read.”
Kunda Dixit, publisher and editor of Nepali Times:
"In her over 50 years as a journalist in Nepal, Liz Hawley's journalism was the first draft of history. This book is the second draft, with key information on the Who What Where When and sometimes even Why of the past decades of Nepal's dramatic political upheavals. As an editor, this book will serve very well as an important reference material."
Caroline McDonald, New Zealand Ambassador to Nepal, 2001-2004:
"Miss Elizabeth Hawley’s lively writing style and skills as a journalist, her understanding of the importance of keeping the historic record, and her commitment to ensuring wider understanding of events in Nepal, come together in her reports on events from 1988-2007. Miss Hawley was New Zealand’s Honorary Consul in Nepal from 1990 to 2010, and when I was Ambassador to Nepal (based in New Delhi) I found her reports were an unparalleled source of carefully researched information and analysis, presented in an engaging style. I hope others gain as much pleasure, and learn as much from them, as I did."
Reinhold Messner, mountaineer and author of "My Life at the Limit":
"Having accurately recorded the world of Himalayan mountaineering for the last fifty years, Elizabeth Hawley has also applied her sharp and very detailed attention to the politics and people of Nepal. Her “Chronicles” cover two of the most dramatic decades in Nepal’s history. It’s a fascinating and very insightful read – the best book about Nepal since 'Tiger for Breakfast'”.
Rt Hon Helen Clark ONZ, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, (1999-2008) and current Administrator UNDP:
"For twenty years Elizabeth Hawley served as New Zealand’s Honorary Consul in Nepal. Elizabeth played a key role in the New Zealand Himalayan Trust established by Sir Edmund Hillary. It has been my privilege to meet Elizabeth in both New Zealand and Nepal. Acclaimed for her impeccable mountaineering records, Elizabeth’s chronicles bring to historians, students, and lovers of Nepal monthly summaries of nearly two decades of Nepal's news, politics, government, and business from 1988 to 2007. Written with a fresh immediacy and without the benefit of hindsight, the “Nepal Scene” documents the country’s transition from monarchy to democracy. Elizabeth’s book will be invaluable to anyone interested in Nepal’s development through these crucial years."
Sir Chris Bonington CVO CBE DL, Mountaineer, philanthropist and author:
"I owe Elizabeth Hawley a huge amount for her honest and accurate mountain reporting, the advice and information she supplied and above all her friendship since we first met in 1961. Likewise, her soon-to-be-published The Nepal Scene is a fascinating and very reliable reference work of the turbulent recent era of this wonderful and fascinating country”
Charles Allen, author of "Kipling Sahib", a biography of Rudyard Kipling, and "Ashoka: the Search for India's Lost Emperor":
“Elizabeth Hawley is a phenomenon … something rather special … I came to understand how much she has accomplished and how much she meant to the Himalayan] community of mountain people with whom she shares a unique bond. She is their chronicler, their champion, and there will never be another like her.”
Lady June Hillary:
"Without doubt, no one is more suited to record the history of Nepal than Elizabeth Hawley, with her meticulous attention to facts and her awareness of the huge changes after Nepal opened her doors to the world, these Chronicles are an exhilarating read. I first met Liz in 1961, while trekking with Ed Hillary's Makalu expedition. She had arrived the year before and still remains in Kathmandu as a writer and celebrated recorder of mountain successes in the Himalayas. These Chronicles are a valuable contribution for lovers of Nepal, the Himalayas and students.of adventure."
MORE ABOUT ELIZABETH HAWLEY'S CHRONICLES
Ask any accomplished Himalayan mountaineer, “Who is the preeminent keeper of summit facts?” and they will answer, “Elizabeth Hawley”. Since the early 1960s, Hawley has filed detailed reports on some 80,000 ascents – a massive catalogue that has been published as the “Himalayan Database”, a virtual Bible for all world-class climbers.
What is less well known is that Hawley was also compiling irreplaceable chronicles of the political upheaval that was taking place in Nepal from 1988 to 2007. From the 1989 uprising resulting in the emergence of a constitutional monarchy...
...to the beginning of the Maoists “People’s War” in 1996...
...to the infamous 2001 Palace Massacre – which took the lives of the king and all his immediate family...
...to the end of the ten-year conflict, which ultimately resulted in the abolishment of the monarchy, Elizabeth Hawley was there to unflinchingly document the facts.
Now, for the first time, those chronicles will soon be available to the public in a published version: THE NEPAL SCENE, THE CHRONICLES OF ELIZABETH HAWLEY, 1988-2007, a two-volume set.
The editorial work is nearing completion. The publisher, based in Kathmandu, is ready to go to press.
The only missing piece of the puzzle is the printer’s cost. For that, we need $9000. If we meet our pledge drive, Elizabeth Hawley’s book will be in the bookstores as early as March-April 2015.
I hope you will join me and my co-editor of the book, Lisa Choegyal, in our effort to publish what we regard as incomparable historical documentation of the political struggle that has buffeted Nepal for so many years.
Mikel Dunham, author of Caught in Nepal, Buddha's Warriors and Samye: A Pilgrimage to the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism.
Risks and challenges
Several years ago, I successfully used kickstarter to finance the final stages of publishing my book, CAUGHT IN NEPAL.
THE NEPAL SCENE: CHRONICLES OF ELIZABETH HAWLEY, 1988-2007, is at the same penultimate stage of completion. Both books also share the same publisher in Kathmandu, Vajra Publications, a house I have worked with for many years and which is 100% behind the book.
Given previous experience and association with kickstarter backers, use of additional tie-ins with other social media, and co-editor Lisa Choegyal's superlative networking, we feel confident that pledges will be forthcoming, thus ensuring a successful campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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