The Prospect of Being Published in Turkey

Next month my first book (now approaching the 21st anniversary of its original appearance in English) finally sees its publication in the land that is its subject.  A Fez of the Heart: Travels Around Turkey in Search of a Hat (London, Picador) becomes, simply, Fes (Istanbul, Koton Yayincilik). Which, given…

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Life in the Ruins

With all the dire news coming out of Turkey, and this summer’s tourism prospects in tatters, what better time to recount a little tale, if only to remind all those holidaying elsewhere of what they’ll be missing? Some will have heard of Ara Guler, a distinguished Turkish-Armenian photographer now in…

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Turkey? At A Time Like This?

Only last night a friend asked me whether Istanbul was safe to visit; he was planning to take the family in April.  I was busy putting together enthusiastic recommendations this morning when the news broke that a suicide bomber, Hell-bent on Paradise, had exploded his vile self near Istanbul’s Sultanahmet…

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Welcome to Turkey…

Welcome to Turkey…. … where suicide bombers and trigger-happy anti-aircraft gunners are busy stirring up mayhem.  A country whose security forces have been accused of complicity with Islamic State in northern Syria, Turkey’s immediate neighbour, by allowing passage, and even supplying arms, to jihadis and facilitating sales of their oil;…

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