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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (December 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445246147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445246147
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You [John Dwyer] really do give an authentic feeling of the contrasting atmospheres as you move from place to place. --Dervla Murphy, best-selling author of "Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle"

If you really want to find out about Asia, this book is a must buy for you. --Bibi Baskin, Television and Radio Presenter

It takes a very good travel book to make a Corkonian want to leave his hometown - but one such book is High Road To Tibet. --Ronan Leonard, Evening Echo

From the Author

On my thirteenth birthday, my mum gave me an illustrated world atlas as a present. Little did she know the effect that it would have on me. As I turned each page, I was mesmerised by the pictures of distant countries and exotic peoples. I wondered what it would be like to walk along the Great Wall of China, to watch Tibetan monks at prayer in Tibet, to gaze on the dizzying peaks of the Himalayas, to admire the snake charmers in India, or to marvel the Terracotta Warriors in China. I spent hours leafing through that atlas in contented silence, studying each fascinating page with wonder. When I went to bed that night, I made up my mind to go and see those places for myself. My love of travel was born that day.
Before I was old enough to journey to those places myself, I satisfied my wanderlust by reading about the travels of others. I cycled the rocky roads of Asia with Dervla Murphy in Full Tilt, experienced the magic of old Tibet with Heinrich Harrer in Seven Years in Tibet, and explored the newly opened China by train with Paul Theroux in Riding the Iron Rooster.
During my travels through China, Tibet, Nepal and India, I finally discovered what it was like to gaze on the majestic peaks on the Himalayas - it was absolutely fantastic. Please join me in High Road To Tibet as my childhood dreams become a reality.

More About the Author

When I was thirteen, my mum gave me a world atlas as a birthday present. Little did she know the effect that it would have on me. As I turned each page, I was mesmerised by the pictures of far-away countries and exotic peoples. I wondered what it would be like to stand on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, to see the dizzying peaks of the Himalayas, to watch snake charmers in India, or to see the Terracotta Warriors in China. I spent hours leafing through that atlas in contented silence, studying the pictures on each page with wonder. When I went to bed that night, I made up my mind to go and see those places for myself. My love of travel was born that day.
Before I was old enough to travel to these places myself, I satisfied my wanderlust by reading about the travels of others. I rode the rocky roads of Asia by bicycle with Dervla Murphy in Full Tilt, experienced the magic of old Tibet with Heinrich Harrer in Seven Years in Tibet, and explored the newly opened China by train with Paul Theroux in Riding the Iron Rooster.
I have since kept those promises I made to myself as a child and my travels have brought me all over to world. I finally discovered what it was like to stand on Table Mountain with Cape Town spread out far below me - it was fantastic.
"High Road to Tibet" is my first travel book and describes my overland adventures through China, Tibet, Nepal and India.

Customer Reviews

Very readable book about authors travel to Tibet, India and surrounding places.
Sherry R. Day
A thoroughly enjoyable easy reading book with lots of interesting details about the experiences of the travelers.
Leila Acree
If you love the Irish sense of humor and if you love to travel, you'll love this book.
John

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By FunkeeMonkey on March 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
John Dwyer possesses a great curiousity about the weird and wonderful places that he visits. His talent for connecting with people, along with a penchant for taking the odd risk, make for fun and enlightening tales. I've been fortunate to visit some of the places along his route, and his writing revives memories of sights and sounds, tastes and smells. Including a few smells from India that I'd rather forget!

A cracking read which has me looking out the window thinking about my own next adventure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean O'Leary on January 9, 2012
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I finished reading the book last night and I absolutely loved it. The descriptions of all the interesting places you went to, from China all the way to India were amazing. It makes me want to research some of the cities for myself to learn more about them. When I finished I told my wife that she has got to read it.
Sean O'Leary
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on July 9, 2010
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A truly wonderful read. Informative, entertaining and inspiring. We all have our dreams, Irishman John Dwyer takes his and weaves them into a book that can be appreciated by anyone who has caught or would like to catch the travel bug. If you love the Irish sense of humor and if you love to travel, you'll love this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harry on March 7, 2013
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John Dwyer writes in a light and breezy manner on his travels through Asia - the book is a pleasant, quick read - but it is also frustrating for the lack of immersion in the fascinating places he visits. There is so much more to Xian, Chengdu, Lhasa, Tibet and Kathmandu than is presented in this book - and so much is missed in John's fleeting visits to these places.

And what possessed him to take that appalling bus trip into Tibet, just to escape paying the permit fee - I expect there was no saving given he was fleeced by the agent and bus driver on the fare for his illegal entry. So much time wasted, and surely time is a highly precious commodity on a journey such as this - no-one should be tempted to follow his example.

We hear much of meals and big nights out - but the wonders of the landscape and descriptions of place on the journey to Everest base camp are lost in nonsense about iPods and soundtracks for the roadtrip. No sense of awesome in all this. The description of the trek into the Annapurna sanctuary is better, you feel the stress and sense the beauty - the real highlight of this book.

It was surprising to read that John's Asian adventure took place over 10 weeks - where did the time go - there must have been more to the trip that's missing from the book. John refers to his reading up on places when he arrives - perhaps that's where the problem lies, not enough planning, too many opportunities missed.

The book lacks the sense of wonder and joy of a new traveller and misses the depth of a seasoned traveller. All up, a disappointing read - not much new here. At best, the book highlights the virtues of local transport - presenting it as do-able and a rich experience where you can savour both the journey and the destination.

Finally, very disappointing that the Kindle version does not include the map or photos that are included in the Look Inside preview.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on March 22, 2010
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This book is a pleasure to read and will take you on a vibrant journey through parts of China, Tibet and India. Humour comes naturally to the author, John Dwyer, and is present subtly throughout the book. This Book is a relaxing excape and journey to another world. It is for anyone who wants to relax, be entertained or pay a 'virtual' visit to parts of Asia through the eyes of John Dwyer. It is an insightful resource for those thinking of travelling to China and Tibet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Keys on May 12, 2013
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I hope the author hasn't given up his day job to become an author or travel writer. Poorly written - just a grocery list of places visited and things done. Really superficial. Save your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The One Eyed Turtle on January 16, 2013
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I have read several books on the subjects of China, Tibet, Nepal and India. What I really liked about the author is that he added some light humor and "real" feelings about what he discovers on his journey. I would love to continue reading more of Mr. Dwyer's books.
The One Eyed Turtle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherry R. Day on June 14, 2012
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Very readable book about authors travel to Tibet, India and surrounding places. Enjoyed his adventures and descriptions of the people and places.
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