I have not been disappointed and can thoroughly recommend it to you all. The writer, Suzanne Joinson is herself widely travelled across the Middle East, North Africa, China and Europe and at present lives on the South Coast.
It is two stories in one really; part of it about two sisters who travel to China - en route for Kashgar which they never actually reach because of rebellion - with a strong minded missionary called Millicent in order to set up a Christian mission. They are hated everywhere they go and treated with suspicion. But en route they find a very young girl by the side of the road in the final pangs of child birth. The girl dies and the writer of this part of the novel more or less adopts the child. This makes them even more unpopular. In her spare moments between cooking all the meals and caring for the baby the writer of The Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar begins to write about their life there.
Running alongside is the story of a present day young woman who herself seems adrift, who is confronted by a refugee from the middle east, who literally camps on her doorstep.
These two stories run along together but gradually they collide as a surprising story about the past suddenly becomes part of the
Paul Torday, who wrote 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' calls it
'A haunting, original and beautifully written tale.'
Do try to get hold of a copy to read. You won't be disappointed.
(£5.59 from Amazon)
** It was on Pondside's blog - so thank you so much for that.