I'm a writer. My novel 'A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar'
was published by Bloomsbury in 2012. It was reviewed in the
New York Times, was an LA Times Bestseller, a Guardian/
Observer Book of the Year 2012 and translated into 12
I'm also a travel and non-fiction writer, having written for
Vogue, Lonely Planet and lots of other places. In 2011 I was
writer in residence at the 1930s Art Deco Shoreham Airport
in Sussex. My short story LAILA AHMED won a New Writing
Ventures prize in 2008.
For the past ten years I worked part-time in the literature department of the British Council travelling regularly in the Middle East, China, Russia and Western and Eastern Europe. I have worked in and explored Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Greece and many other countries.
Now I'm a wanderer, train-hopper, garden-snooper, hotel-dweller and all sorts of other things that involve avoiding having a full-time proper job. I live in a small, Sussex coastal town which is yet to be regenerated with my husband and two tiny children. I am often to be found in a beach hut, plane, garden or a desert eeking out words and hunting down ideas. I have a random, haphazard blog here, I occasionally tweet at @suzyjoinson and am currently working on my second novel which is set in the British Mandate era Palestine.
Photograph by Simon Webb.