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The Dragon’s Voice:
How Modern Media Found Bhutan


A fascinating account of ancient culture colliding with modern media

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Tucked between Tibet and India in the Himalayas, the kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most isolated and beautiful countries in the world.

In The Dragon’s Voice Australian journalist Bunty Avieson provides a glimpse of life beyond the country’s exotic exterior. As a consultant to local newspaper Bhutan Observer, she admires the paper’s strong social conscience, but finds herself constantly challenged in a country where spirituality and personal happiness are prioritised over work.

Bunty also witnesses the tensions that arise as a Buddhist kingdom makes the transition to democracy. How can deference to authority be reconciled with the need to ask hard questions of politicians? Does the courtship ritual of ‘night-hunting’ have a sinister side, or is it a rural practice misunderstood by city dwellers? And what place does activism have in a culture that prioritises peace?

With a unique blend of memoir and reportage, The Dragon’s Voice is both a deeply personal story and a vivid portrait of a nation on the cusp of revolutionary change.

Bunty Avieson
Photo by Kathryn Avieson

Bunty Avieson

Dr Bunty Avieson is a journalist, author and academic. She has published three novels, a novella and a travel memoir. Her books have been translated into Japanese, German and Thai, and she is the winner of two Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing. She worked for 20 years as a journalist and feature writer on newspapers and magazines in Australia, Great Britain and Asia. In the 1990s she was editor of Woman’s Day and editorial director of New Idea. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.