Fleeing from sectarian uprisings in western China across the inhospitable plains of Central Asia, Eva English regards her bicycle as “my shield and my method of escape”. Eva is the narrator of the historical strand of A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, the debut novel of Sussex-based author Suzanne Joinson. The plot follows two entwined narratives, one set in Turkestan in the 1920s, the other in current-day London — and cycling features prominently in both.

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