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A lady cyclist's guide to Kashgar [text (large print)] / Suzanne Joinson.

By: Joinson, Suzanne.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Charnwood series.Publisher: Leicester : Thorpe, 2013Edition: Large print edition.Description: 382 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781444815535 (hbk.); 1444815539.Subject(s): Women missionaries -- Fiction | Women -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction | Large type books | Kashi (China) -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction. | Action and adventure fiction. | Large type books.Online resources: Click here to access online Summary: It is 1923 and lady cyclist Evangeline English arrives with her sister, Lizzie, at the ancient Silk Route city of Kashgar. Helping to establish a Christian mission, their attempts to navigate their new home are met with resistance and calamity. Meanwhile Eva commences work on her book, A LADY CYCLIST'S GUIDE TO KASHGAR... Present day London. Tayeb, having fled from Yemen, has turned up on Frieda's landing and is outside her front door. On the wall, he's drawn an exquisite, long-tailed bird and some Arabic script. Then Frieda learns that she is the next-of-kin to a dead woman she's never heard of. And as their worlds collide, Frieda and Tayeb begin an unlikely friendship, embarking on a journey as great, and unexpected, as Eva's.
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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.

Originally published: London : Bloomsbury, 2012.

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It is 1923 and lady cyclist Evangeline English arrives with her sister, Lizzie, at the ancient Silk Route city of Kashgar. Helping to establish a Christian mission, their attempts to navigate their new home are met with resistance and calamity. Meanwhile Eva commences work on her book, A LADY CYCLIST'S GUIDE TO KASHGAR... Present day London. Tayeb, having fled from Yemen, has turned up on Frieda's landing and is outside her front door. On the wall, he's drawn an exquisite, long-tailed bird and some Arabic script. Then Frieda learns that she is the next-of-kin to a dead woman she's never heard of. And as their worlds collide, Frieda and Tayeb begin an unlikely friendship, embarking on a journey as great, and unexpected, as Eva's.

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Library Journal Review

Joinson's debut is an engrossing narrative that fuses the lives of two women, Eva and Frieda, separated by a 100 years and a 1000 miles yet connected in ways that are slowly revealed. Eva, masquerading as a missionary in Kashgar, East Turkestan, in order to keep an eye on her possibly mad sister, is ostensibly writing a guide to bicycling the region. Frieda, a modern-day government worker in London, is hiding from her married lover while cleaning out the apartment of a mysterious woman who has died and named Frieda her next of kin. Alternating between past and present, Joinson highlights the difficulties women face, which translate across time, as well as their sisterhood, motherhood, lovers, and careers, through ethereal language and engrossing characters. Full of surprising and shocking revelations, this wide-ranging novel is expansive and breathtaking. Narrator Susan Duerden may have detracted from the book's sense of illusory enchantment with her overly formal elocution. VERDICT Recommended to fans of Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone. ["Beautifully written in language too taut, piercing, and smartly observed to be called lyrical, this atmospheric first novel immediately engages the reader, nicely reminding us that odd twists of fate sometimes aren't that odd. Highly recommended," read the starred review of the Bloomsbury hc, LJ 2/1/12.-Ed.]-Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix P.L. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Present and past meld into an exploration of conflicting traditions in an impressive debut that shifts smoothly between 1920s Turkestan and present-day England. In 1923, Evangeline (Eva) English accompanies her fragile sister, Lizzie, on a missionary trip to the ancient Chinese-ruled Muslim city of Kashgar under the supervision of the stern Millicent Frost, who suspects, accurately, that Eva, with her prized bicycle-a "glorious, green BSA Lady's Roadster"-and passion for writing, is more interested in adventure than proselytizing. Surprisingly (and disappointingly), Eva's story is lacking in cycling and exciting exploits. In the present day, well-traveled but stuffy researcher Frieda Blakeman is startled by the appearance of both a letter deeming her the next-of-kin of a recently deceased woman, and Tayeb, an illegal Yemeni immigrant who takes refuge outside her London apartment. Though Frieda and Tayeb's growing bond and the unfolding revelations of the modern story are more compelling than Eva's frustratingly limited experiences and the unpleasantly stereotyped Millicent, Joinson has created in Frieda's unusual history and the parallel struggles of Tayeb and Eva as outsiders and observers an intriguing window into the difficulties of those who attempt to reach across cultural barriers. Map. Agent: Rachel Calder, the Sayle Literary Agency. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Joinson's debut opens with a dramatic birth whose repercussions are felt for decades. The novel begins in 1923, with the story of two missionary sisters, Eva and Lizzie English. The pair and their leader, Millicent, are traveling to the Chinese city of Kashgar, where they will serve as missionaries and where Eva hopes to secretly write a cycling guide. Their journey is irrevocably altered when Millicent assists a young girl giving birth. When Eva, Lizzie, and Millicent are suddenly detained after the mother's death, their future remains uncertain. Shifting to modern-day London, Joinson picks up the story of Middle Eastern scholar Frieda, who returns home after months of travel to discover that an apartment has been left to her by a woman she has never met. Alternating between Frieda's and Eva's voices, Joinson slowly reveals what connects Frieda to the fateful desert birth decades before. This complex and involving historical novel examines the idea of home, the consequences of exile, the connection between mother and daughter, and the power dynamics of sexual relationships.--Gaus, Eve Copyright 2010 Booklist