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A Lady Cyclist by Suzanne Johnson.. Here is a swaggering skirt-swisher extraordinaire. You want adventure, pedal no further. Decorous it ain't, but gothick twists of tone and tony twists of plot will pin you to the saddle. Bloomers optional (They sometimes come off). Nice debut!

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Joinson illuminates her narrative with a playfulness that borders on the Gothic, as when Frieda meets a homeless Yemeni filmmaker who has been hounded out of his country for writing obscenities in classical calligraphy. In a frowsty bed-and-breakfast by the cold English sea, he draws a delicate Arabian ostrich feather on her spine with bamboo calligraphy sticks."

The New York Times

"Beautifully written in language too taut, piercing, and smartly observed to be called lyrical, this atmospheric first novel immediately engages, nicely reminding us that odd twists of fate sometimes aren’t that odd. Highly recommended."

Library Journal

Author bio: Suzanne Joinson works in the literature department of the British Council, specializing in the Middle East, North Africa, and China, and she is the Arts Council-funded writer-in-residence at Shoreham Airport in the UK. Her personal blog can be found online at, and she tweets at @suzyjoinson. Visit her Web site at More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (374 pp. Cylclogasmic: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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