Okay, first a shameless
my own book, but people tell me they
like it and it's a helpful introduction
to travel in Turkey, so here goes....
Bright Sun, Strong Tea to
be both an informative introduction
to travel in Turkey, and a humorous,
entertaining read good for airplane
a few pages before bed. Here
are excerpts. Here
here for ordering information.
To buy it in Turkey, see my list of Istanbul
Kitabevi near Galatasaray
Square is sure to have it, as they
are the Turkish publisher of
Some of the books about
below are available in public libraries,
most can be bought online or in bookshops. These
Istanbul bookshops have
many of them—and many others
An excellent source of English-language
books about Turkey is Çitlembik
Publishers. In the USA,
their books are sold by Nettleberry.
The best companions while you're on the road
in Istanbul and Turkey. More...
What you get out of a trip
depends on how well you prepare. Here
are the background books, from simple
to scholarly, including two wonderful
books by Hugh
Pope that read like novels. More...
Here are the best books on the rise and progress
of the Turkish
Republic in the 20th century, and its prospects
for the 21st. More...
Read Michael Balter's exciting book on the swashbuckling
archeologist James Mellaart and
the discovery of the amazing Neolithic settlement
at Çatalhöyük. More...
Turkey is filled with art, both the non-representational
art of the Islamic Ottoman
and the fully representational, modern
art of the Turkish
art is being made all the time. More...
My old friend Dux Schneider bought
a donkey and trekked through the
Bolkar Mountains of Turkey's Mediterranean
coast, getting to know the secretive Tahtacılar ("Woodcutter")
people along the way. Then there's
Ms Maliha Masood, searching for her
Islamic roots but being taken for
a spy.... More...
Turkey is virtually an architectural
museum, with works from 5000 years
ago to the present day: Hittite,
Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman,
Popular history: reading about people is among the
best ways to learn about a country and its culture.
Biographies of Kemal
Atatürk and Turkish families
living in both Ottoman and republican times,
including M A Whitten's delightful An
Island in Istanbul. More...
Here's a compendium of the best writing
about Turkey, the Turks and Turkish
culture in the last century. More...
Turkish cuisine is the 'sleeper,'
the grand surprise for every visitor
to Turkey. 'I never expected the food
to be so good!' is the common refrain
among returning visitors. It's even
better if you know something about
it before you go. More...
From Agatha Christie to Orhan
Pamuk, Turkey's romance and
exoticism has fascinated novelists. More...
The online bookshop called Nettleberry is a good source for books in English
about Turkey, and English-language
books published in Turkey. More...
If you're in Istanbul, you can find
good English-language books about Turkey