The House on the Roof of the World
by Jon Lawrence
How far would you go to go back to the beginning?
1957. Soname returns to the exposed ruins of her childhood home near Lake Namtso, on the Tibetan Plateau, with her young son, Norbu. Years after a traumatic experience which took her innocence and her father’s life and destroyed her home, she has come back to rebuild the house exactly as it was. But why?
As Soname struggles to connect with Norbu, Rinpoche, a moribund monk, arrives on horseback, having escaped the destruction of his monastery. Soname nurses him back to health, and he agrees to stay and help restore the house in thanks for her care. As Rinpoche begins to bond with Norbu, faith is tested, as is love and duty, in this atmospheric, powerful and poignant novella from Jon Lawrence.
Jon Lawrence is a Welsh author, playwright and poet who now resides in Norfolk. To date he has written four novels (The Pastoral, Playing Beneath the Havelock House, The Jack Newton Radio and The Man Who Made Them Happy), three novellas (Albatross Bay, Bisha, Silence and Songbirds), a full-length play (The Wallflower Café), two children’s songbooks and a number of children’s school plays. He has also written an autobiographical travel journal about his treks through five deserts, Good Grief: Five Deserts in Search of my Father and I.