My passion for Turkey is never ending. As I can’t possibly go everywhere and experience everything I love to read about the country and luckily there are lots of books available. However if you’re new to the country it’s hard to know which ones are worth the time. With this in mind I decided to start reviewing books about Istanbul and Turkey to make it easier for you to decide what to buy for yourself. I am not paid for this service and I aim to be honest but fair. Click on the links below to read the reviews for yourself. Happy reading and bon voyage!
Not Constantinople by Nicholas Bredie
– what happens when two young Americans come to Istanbul to teach, and nothing goes as plans
Perking the Pansies: Jack and Liam Move to Turkey by Jack Scott
– a rollicking read about life among the expats in southern Turkey
The Pull of It by Wendy Fox
– a compelling novel about a woman’s quest to find herself again, set in central Turkey
Salt in the Milk: Ten Years in Istanbul by Sean Bw Parker
– musings of a music critic and former long-term resident of Istanbul
Turkish Awakening by Alev Scott
– an introduction to contemporary Turkish society by a British born Turk
Turkey – Culture Smart by Charlotte McPherson
– guide to understanding Turkish customs and traditions
Turkey Street: Jack and Liam Move to Bodrum by Jack Scott
– insider look into what it’s really like to be an expat in Turkey
For other suggestions on what good books to read about Turkey, check out my list here. If you’re an author or publisher with a book about Istanbul or Turkey you’d like me to review, please drop me a line via the contact tab (see above). Please note I read most types of books but reviewing traditional travel guides isn’t really my thing.