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Travels with a Mexican Circus by Katie Hickman
  

Travels with a Mexican Circus

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That dream of running away to join the circus became a reality for Katie Hickman when she did just that on a tour of Mexico. There’s magic in her account, from the nightly transformations from the tawdry to the glamorous to her descriptions of the motley collection of people who work for the circus. An unusual travel book and an unusual view of Mexico.

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Travels with a Mexican Circus by Katie Hickman

Katie Hickman went to Mexico looking for magic. She found it in the circus - Big Top, clowns, elephants and all - where cheap, torn materials and tarnished sequins are transformed into nights of glittering illusion. Gradually adjusting to the harsh ways of the circus's nomadic lifestyle, she soon became absorbed into this hypnotic new world, at first as a foreigner but later as 'La Gringa Estrella', a performer in her own right.

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'A wonderful writer . An adventure hard to beat in terms of sheer exotic allure Guardian A delight... The stories of the cirqueros themselves read like tales by Gabriel Garcia Marquez ... Katie seems as deliberate and calculating as Paul Theroux poring over his railway timetables ... a very good travel book indeed' - Harpers & Queen

'Mexico will not have been portrayed more vividly since Graham Greene's the Lawless Roads... Enchanting' - Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Katie Hickman

Katie Hickman is the author of five previous books, including two best-selling history books, Courtesans and Daughters of Britannia. She has written two travel books: Travels with a Circus, which was shortlisted for the 1993 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, and Dreams of the Peaceful Dragon. She is the author of one previous novel, The Quetzal Summer, for which she was listed for the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year award. The Aviary Gate published by Bloomsbury in April 2008 and in paperback in February 2009, is a stunning tale of intrigue in the Sultan's harem.

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

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Publication date

28th August 2014

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Katie Hickman

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Travel
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Travel writing
Memoirs
Circus

ISBN

9781408853610

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