Travels with a Mexican Circus

A delight ... The stories of the cirqueros themselves read like tales by Gabriel García Márquez ... A very good travel book indeed.

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Magic is at the heart of Hickman’s narrative, not just in the fabulous illusions of the acts themselves or the superstitions of the circus people, but in the fantastic stories of the characters she presents.

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Mexico will not have been portrayed more vividly since Graham Greene’s The Lawless Roads ... Enchanting

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Katie Hickman is the best-selling author of seven books.  Her most recent works are the highly-acclaimed novels The Aviary Gate and The Pindar Diamond, the first and second parts of a trilogy set in early seventeenth century Constantinople and Venice. The third and concluding novel, Winter’s Tale, is due for publication in 2015.

She is also the author of two best-selling history books, Courtesans and Daughters of Britannia, which between them have sold more than quarter of a million copies worldwide.  Her other works include two travel books, Travels with a Mexican Circus (to be republished by Bloomsbury in August 2014) which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in 1993, and Dreams of the Peaceful Dragon, the story of a journey on horseback across the forbidden Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.  Her first novel, The Quetzal Summer, was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award.  Her books have been translated into 20 languages.

Katie Hickman lives in London with her two children and her husband, the philosopher A.C.Grayling.