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A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson - review

Suzanne Joinson's tale of two female travellers radiates a brave and terrible loneliness When bicycles first became mass-market objects back in the 1890s, they changed the world. Not, oddly enough, for the middle-class men who had invented and popularise

How to Create the Perfect Wife by Wendy Moore - review

The true story of an 18th-century English Pygmalion is rather less interesting than the works he inspired A portrait of Thomas Day in later life shows a fat, plain fellow swathed in pink satin with the constipated gaze of a man who is either very clever,