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By Bunty Avieson

ISBN-10: 140503582X

ISBN-13: 9781405035828

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Mal is in shock. I’m in shock. We take the little test tube back into the bedroom, carefully lean it against a pile of books and look at it in wonderment for the rest of the afternoon. The next few days we wander around grinning at each other like we have a delicious secret. And I cry, daily. ’ Mal asks anxiously. ‘Oh yes,’ I say, feeling excited, scared and like an army of hormones is marching through my bloodstream. We queue at the telephone shop downstairs so that I can ring my best friend in Adelaide and tell her.

The rest of the household is made up of a younger monk, Jampal, and Sonam Choepel, who has a wicked sense of humour. Known as the joker, he was brought up with Rinpoche. Their fathers fled Tibet together, settling in Bhutan, and they were two naughty little boys, constantly getting up to mischief. When Rinpoche was recognised at age seven as a tulku (a reincarnate lama), he was taken away to Sikkim to be raised in a monastery and they didn’t see each other for many years. During the next seven years Rinpoche lived a secluded life having private tuition in the Sikkimese King’s palace chapel at Gangtok, at one stage not going outside for two years.

It’s been twelve minutes since my last visit and I fear the consequences if I don’t go again soon. The publisher tells me she loved my book Apartment 255, a dark and twisted thriller set in Sydney, but it disturbed her so much that she couldn’t finish it and instead passed it over to three of her editors for appraisal, two of whom are sitting in her office, staring at me suspiciously. ‘I was shocked,’ says a sweet-looking woman called Hope. ‘I was still thinking about it on Tuesday,’ adds a man in a suit, leaning away from me as if he fears I may pull out a knife at any moment.

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