The Friendship Highway

Two Journeys in Tibet

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 5 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9781849535908

About the book

Tibet was not just on the horizon, it capped it. Four thousand metres above this city was a country of stone and ice, and, even though it was officially closed, there was still a way in.

A compelling and unforgettable encounter on the roof of the world… 

Hoping to reach Tibet after a twenty-year obsession, Charlie Carroll travelled to China. Contending with Chinese bureaucracy, unforgiving terrain and sickness-inducing altitude, Charlie experienced twenty-first-century Tibet in all its heartbreaking beauty.

Tibetan-born Lobsang fled the volatile region over the Himalayas, on foot, as a child in 1989. An exile in Nepal, then a student in India, he was called back to Tibet by love. At the end of the road known as the Friendship Highway, he met Charlie and recounted his extraordinary life story, exemplifying the hardship, resilience and hope of modern Tibetan life.

About the author

Charlie Carroll is the author of The Friendship Highway (2014), No Fixed Abode (2013) and On the Edge (2010). He has twice won the K Blundell Trust Award for "writers under 40 who aim to raise social awareness with their writing", wrote the voice-over for the TV series Transamazonica (2017), and is one of the Kindness of Strangers storytellers.  


‘I loved the picture he paints of Tibet, with its glorious natural beauty, its mountains and snow, its prayer flags and jade necklaces …. This flowingly-written book certainly made me want to go there…’

Trip Fiction Blog

'This is a mighty read.'

We Love This Book

'this is a rare and extraordinary account of life in Tibet as told by a local and recorded by a travel writer.'

National Geographic Traveller

'Charlie Carroll turns out to be a superb storyteller and his re-telling of Lobsang’s tragic life-story is hauntingly evocative, whilst the device of telling his own story alongside leaves the reader both touched and hugely well informed about the culture, history and recent politics of Tibet.'

The Good Book Guide, June 2014 issue

'In a good piece of travel writing, the reader accompanies the author on a perception-altering journey and this book certainly achieves that.'

Perceptive Travel Blog