Amazon Author Interview


Kelsang Pawo


A Perfect Harvest: An East End Boy’s Journey From Post-War London to Bhutan




Congratulations! Your book’s available to buy on the Amazon bookstore. How did you feel to see it there for the first time?


I thought about my good fortune and how privileged I am. Whilst travelling the world, I met many people with a tale to tell, but they did not have shoes, let alone pen and paper. Yes, I thought about my good fortune.



Can you tell us about your book and why you wanted to write it?


I wrote the book because Goldie Hawn suggested I should do so. It’s a story of my life, and my experiences, strange as they were, and I hope others may make use of it.



You’ve had a fascinating life so far. I can vouch for that. Have you always been a writer/wanted to become an author?


Yes, I believe I have always been a writer in waiting. It is my goal to one day write a classic. A story like Huck Finn. One that will last forever.



What made you take that leap and publish your book?


Michelle Emerson. She told me how she would do the work for me and I am delighted I believed her.



Thank you very much! I’m pleased you trusted me with your book so many more people can read your story.


Have you any more books in the pipeline?


I have written five unpublished novels. One by one, I shall release them. The Shoe Shine Boy is perhaps the classic I spoke of earlier.



What advice would you offer other aspiring authors who are trying to write their books?  


Write the skeleton, then add some flesh. Fatten your work out, then take the rough edges off and make it good.

Circumstances do not prevent us from writing a book. If we start and do not finish then the fault is within us and our inability to last the distance.



Thanks so much, Kelsang Pawo!


Very best of luck! It’s been a pleasure working with you and seeing your wonderful book come to life.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!





Kelsang Pawo was a lively, hard-working young East End boy who loved ‘The Arsenal’ and grew up during some of Britain’s most challenging times. His uncles rubbed shoulders with the infamous Kray twins, and his quiet father kept his thoughts to himself, except on Saturdays when he stood on his soapbox at Speakers’ Corner.

Understandably, life could have steered him down a path of struggle and poverty. But from an early age, he knew a wonderful life was waiting just around the corner.

Thanks to his loving, supportive mum, wonderful grandpop, and Mr Wilson – the teacher who made a vast impact on his life – he gleaned enough self-belief and confidence to decide on his own path, one in complete contrast to anything he (and his family and friends) had ever known.

After leaving his roots to sail the seas, Pawo got a taste for a life far away from London. He enjoyed many adventures, made lifelong friends (including such well-known names as Princess Diana, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Goldie Hawn, Jack Nicholson, and Dustin Hoffman) and, despite his young age, vowed to find indomitable happiness.

Join Pawo on his spiritual quest as he travels from London to Bhutan and meets his mentors and some of the kindest people, monks and nuns on the planet. From a simple message from a whale to being arrested in Lourenco Marques because he was outraged by inequality and a random meeting with a mysterious baroness, there is so much more to this one-of-a-kind memoir than you could ever imagine.



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