Author(s): Suzanne Joinson
It is 1923 and Evangeline English, keen lady cyclist, arrives with her sister Lizzie and their zealous leader Millicent at the ancient city of Kashgar to establish a mission. As they encounter resistance and calamity, Eva commences work on her Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar...In present-day London, Frieda opens her door to find a man sleeping on the landing. Tayeb, a Yemeni refugee, has arrived in Frieda's life just as she learns that she is next-of-kin to a stranger, a woman whose abandoned flat contains many surprises. The two wanderers embark on a journey that is as great, and as unexpected, as Eva's.
An extraordinary story of inheritance, belonging and the stories that bind us to our past, set in modern-day London and 1920s Kashgar
A sprightly, engaging and lovingly written book Guardian An enthralling tale, packed with vivid impressions and full of surprises Metro Bold and elegant ... An ambitious, accomplished debut Daily Mail Thrilling and densely plotted ... an impressive debut, its prose as lucid and deep as a mountain lake New York Times A haunting, original and beautifully written tale that conveys a sense of profound alienation, and of other realities Paul Torday, bestselling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen An astonishing epic - colonial-era travel combined with a modern meditation on where we belong and how we connect in the world - I could not put it down Helen Simonson Joinson possesses a touching, joyful quality that somehow suits the fragile, elusive nature of her characters Independent on Sunday An impressive debut exploring themes of freedom in present-day London and 1920s China. From the far reaches of the colonial Silk Route to the streets of modern London, there's a brilliant sense of place in this original debut Marie Claire I was blown away by this debut. It's amazing. Clever, exotic, compulsive, intensely moving -- Sue Leonard Irish Examiner The title of Suzanne Joinson's first novel promises much and delivers ... Joinson's characterisation is finely drawn and brings Kashgar vividly to life - it's a debut novel of note -- Sarah Crowden The Lady Brilliantly descriptive, this is a book to delight in and savour Choice An ambitious debut ... With intriguing characters and exotic locations, A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar is a compelling and likeable tale ... not only a smartly paced adventure story but also a careful meditation on the myriad ways in which loving, and failing, our children are often tragically and inextricably linked -- Beth Jones Sunday Telegraph Joinson balances these parallel stories with impressive skill. In an alternating-chapter narrative, there's always a temptation to skip through one story in favour of the other. Here, both are equally absorbing ... a strikingly original first novel, and a total page-turner. In fact, it has the look of a slow-burn, word-of-mouth favourite -- Arminta Wallace Irish Times A delicate yet gutsy spirit of adventure pervades the pages of A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar. Suzanne Joinson writes of faraway places, across the globe and within ourselves, with a control and vivacity that fires our own dreams of flight Emylia Hall, author of The Book of Summers
Suzanne Joinson works in the literature department of the British Council, and regularly travels widely across the Middle East, North Africa, China and Europe. In 2007 she won the New Writing Ventures Award for Creative Non-Fiction for 'Laila Ahmed'. She is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and lives by the sea on the South Coast of England. www.suzannejoinson.com @suzyjoinson