If ever there was a poster child for not judging a book by it's cover, it would be Isabel Losada. Firstly, she is seriously gorgeous. Her day jobs (not that being gorgeous isn't a day job) are being a British actress, singer, television producer and author of The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment. Fed up with all the violence in the world she was drawn to the non-violent ways of the Dalai Lama. Before she knew it, she was off to Tibet to learn more. The trip was not without hiccups, including initiating a flirtation on the topic of Tantra with a monk, which did not end well. Well, perhaps those were all good lessons learned, too.
When she returned to London, she decided a little bit of madness would get attention for the Tibetan plight. She planned a stunt to free climb up Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, followed by an unfurling of a large portrait of the Dalai Lama, and the finale being her parachuting down. The stunt worked, and won her a meeting with the Dalai Lama, who was very grateful and encouraging of her madness. Her new book, A Beginner's Guide to Changing the World, is the mostly the story of the run-up to the stunt, and how she pulled it off. It can be found at amazon.com.