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A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson
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In 1923 Eva and her sister Lizzie set out for the ancient city of Kashgar on the Silk Road. Lizzie is on fire with religious zeal. Eva, with her bicycle and a commission to write a lady cyclist's guide, is ready for adventure.
In present-day London, Frieda returns from a long trip abroad to find two things awaiting her that change her life - a young Yemeni man sleeping outside her front door, and a letter informing her that she has inherited the contents of a flat belonging to a woman she has never heard of.
In chapters alternating between the past and the present the author interweaves the stories of Eva and Frieda, ultimately revealing the link between them, in language that flows gracefully but is also sparse and taut. These are characters that hold their emotions in check.

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