A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar Synopsis
It is 1923 and Evangeline English, keen lady cyclist, arrives with her sister Lizzie at the ancient Silk Route city of Kashgar to help establish a Christian mission. Lizzie is in thrall to their forceful and unyielding leader Millicent, but Eva’s motivations for leaving her bourgeois life back at home are less clear-cut. As they attempt to navigate their new home and are met with resistance and calamity, Eva commences work on her book, A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar…
In present-day London another story is beginning. Frieda, a young woman adrift in her own life, opens her front door one night to find a man sleeping on the landing. In the morning he is gone, leaving on the wall an exquisite drawing of a long-tailed bird and a line of Arabic script. Tayeb, who has fled to England from Yemen, has arrived on Frieda’s doorstep just as she learns that she is the next-of-kin to a dead woman she has never heard of: a woman whose abandoned flat contains many surprises – among them an ill-tempered owl.
The two wanderers begin an unlikely friendship as their worlds collide, and they embark on a journey that is as great, and as unexpected, as Eva’s. (TheNile – Aus)
I may as well begin with the bones. They were scalded, sun-bleached, like tiny flutes and I called out to the carter to stop. (Page 1)
I am thoroughly engrossed in this novel. The story is grand, yet filled with glorious detail. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is something wonderful about Joinson’s prose… the story is not read, it somehow speaks to you, taking on a life of its own.
Looking forward to reading your teasers!
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