Desiring Cairo

Desiring Cairo


By (author) Louisa Young

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  • Publisher: Flamingo
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 19mm | 230g
  • Publication date: 2 December 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007142757
  • ISBN 13: 9780007142750
  • Sales rank: 1,585,736

Product description

The sparky, funny sequel to Louisa Young's acclaimed first novel of belly-dancing, motorbikes and single-parenthood. Angeline Gower, ex-bellydancer, ex-biker, single mother of a little girl who is not actually her child, is mired in problems again in this wonderful sequel. Her relationship with Harry, the lover turned cop, remains fraught, the lure of the glamorous but no good Eddie hasn't gone away. And there is yet another element complicating things know - the seductive and mysterious Sa'id. With Angeline older and a little wiser, Louisa Young weaves a tale that is richer, sexier and more moving than 'Baby Love', while remaining just as exciting. Shifting between Shepherd's Bush and Cairo, full of the contrasts between the West and the Middle East, 'Desiring Cairo' thrills and enthralls while at the same time making us think and feel deeply about the love between mother and child, man and woman, friend and friend. Louisa Young has skilfully written this so that it is equally enjoyable read on its own, or as part of the trilogy that starts with 'Baby Love' and ends with 'Tree of Pearls'.

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Author information

Louisa Young was a journalist for some years. Her first book was A Great Task of Happiness (1995), the life of Kathleen Bruce, her grandmother, the sculptor and wife of Scott of the Antarctic. She followed that with her Egyptian trilogy of novels: Baby Love (which was listed for the Orange Prize), Desiring Cairo and Tree of Pearls. They were followed by The Book of the Heart, a cultural history of our most symbolic organ. The first volume of her children's trilogy, Lionboy, written with her ten-year-old daughter under the pseudonym Zizou Corder, is coming out in October 2003. It is to be published in 25 languages, and the film rights have been sold to Dreamworks. She lives in London with her daughter.

Review quote

'A romantic hymn to the struggle of being independent...It is the compulsive quality of this writing that gives Louisa Young's books such wide appeal.' The Times 'Funny and scary...with a memorable David Lynch-style take on Shepherd's writing honestly and unsentimentally, Young celebrates the unequivocal nature of parental love with verve and style.' Julie Myerson, Mail on Sunday 'As well as being compelling and witty, "Desiring Cairo" is immensely touching, leaving haunting traces across the reader's heart and mind...Majestic.' Big Issue

Editorial reviews

Angeline Gower is a former belly dancer bringing up her dead sister's daughter. She just wants to enjoy family life but Lily wants to know who her father is and someone is sending Angeline razor blades and dead flowers. Two handsome young Egyptians turn up on her doorstep and Angeline is drawn into another family's drama. Then a psychotic admirer who died in prison comes back to life, full of blackmail and poison and Angeline goes to Egypt to make her stand. The story is far-fetched yet believable, and the portraits of homely West London and exotic Egypt are so well-penned that they balance the wild storyline. Anything, after all, is possible. (Kirkus UK)