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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Istanbul, Memories and the City

Istanbul, Memories and the City

by Orhan Pamuk

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Nobel Prize-winner Pamuk writes with dazzling grace of the city of his birth, a magical place of crumbling mansions and Ottoman riches. (TKY99, $16.95)

Mosque

Mosque

by David Macaulay

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES
  • FAMILY

Written and illustrated by the award-winning MacAulay, this so-called children's book is just as engaging for the parents with richly detailed illustrations of the art, architecture, design and construction of a 16th-century Turkish mosque. Informative and educational text accompanies the lavish pictures. (TKY89, $9.95)

A Traveller's History of Turkey

A Traveller's History of Turkey

by Richard Stoneman

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

An accessible, well-written overview of Turkish history from the Paleolithic to the present. (TKY13, $14.95)

Eyewitness Guide Turkey

Eyewitness Guide Turkey

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 420 PAGES

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book provides a thorough overview of history, traditions and sights. (TKY82, $30.00)

 
Culture Smart! Turkey

Culture Smart! Turkey


by Charlotte McPherson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Turkish customs, etiquette and culture. (TKY127, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul

Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul


by Verity Campbell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

A practical city guide to the city of Istanbul that fits in your pocket, with the top sites, the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Includes pull out city map. (TKY151, $13.99)

Lonely Planet Turkish Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Turkish Phrasebook


by Arzu Kurklu

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 259 PAGES

With essential vocabulary for the traveler. (TKY115, $8.99)

1453, The Holy War For Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

1453, The Holy War For Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West


by Roger Crowley

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this well-paced history, Crowley recounts the dramatic events leading up to and surrounding the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks. (TKY114, $16.00)

A Short History of Byzantium

A Short History of Byzantium


by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A richly detailed and evocative history of the span of the great empire from the fourth to the 15th century, brimming with intrigue, palace revolution and treachery. (TKY18, $19.00)

Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History

Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History


by Seton Lloyd

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A lively tale of cultures and conquest, from the Hittites to St. Paul, that illuminates the living past of Turkey's archaeological treasures. This classic by Professor Lloyd, first director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, is now in a 25th anniversary edition. (TKY43, $29.95)

Crescent and Star

Crescent and Star


by Stephen Kinzer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 265 PAGES

This insightful, anecdotal report on contemporary life, culture and politics in Turkey comes from a former New York Times Istanbul bureau chief who is especially attuned to the powerful geographic position of Turkey and its multiple identities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. (TKY64, $17.00)

Istanbul and the Civilization of the Ottoman Empire

Istanbul and the Civilization of the Ottoman Empire


by Bernard Lewis

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 187 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

In this slim volume the great Islamic scholar describes the invasion of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks on May 29, 1453, evoking the city at this pivotal moment in its long history. (TKY17, $24.95)

Lords of the Horizons

Lords of the Horizons


by Jason Goodwin

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

Goodwin artfully combines his modern travels with scholarship, history and reflection, capturing the outrageous personalities, events and vagaries of the 600-year-old Ottoman Empire. (TKY44, $18.00)

The Ancient Mediterranean

The Ancient Mediterranean


by Michael Grant

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 374 PAGES

Grant, a well-known classical scholar, provides this comprehensive history of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, including Egypt, Israel, Crete, Greece, the Roman states and many others. A very well-researched account of Western history's roots. (MED10, $20.00)

St. Paul's Ephesus, Texts and Archaeology

St. Paul's Ephesus, Texts and Archaeology


by Jerome Murphy O'Connor

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 289 PAGES

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor transports us back to the ancient city of Ephesus during its heyday, including contemporary accounts from Roman to biblical times and featuring a guided walk through the city as a center of Paul's teachings. (TKY226, $29.95)

The Lycian Shore

The Lycian Shore


by Freya Stark

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

The Lycian coast and hinterlands are thoroughly explored in this reprint of a classic account of a 1950s journey by the stalwart Freya Stark, one of our heroines -- and features in our Essential Reading for the Turquiose Coast. Heading south from Smyrna, Stark explores rock tombs of Xanthus, shores of the Dalyan River, Hellenic cities of Termessos and Pirge and other sites along the Aegean. (TKY249, $17.00)

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place


by Mary Lee Settle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

Settle's captivating travelogue is a richly detailed portrait of contemporary Turkey, its people, monasteries, myths, archaeological treasures and living traditions. Exemplary. (TKY08, $16.99)

Birds Without Wings

Birds Without Wings


by Louis De Bernieres

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

De Bernieres offers sweeping historical scope, memorable characters, drama and many new vocabulary words in this stupendous novel set in Anatolia during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. (TKY91, $16.00)

Memed, My Hawk

Memed, My Hawk


by Yasar Kemal

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

From Turkey's master storyteller comes this deceptively simple tale of a rebellious boy in the Taurus Mountains of rural Turkey. (TKY57, $15.95)

The Towers of Trebizond

The Towers of Trebizond


by Rose MacAulay | Jan Morris

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

Mixing high farce, archaeology, history and lively travel writing, Rose MacAulay's impossibly witty short novel is back in a new edition. Originally published in 1956, MacAulay follows the adventures of English missionaries traipsing across Turkey from Istanbul to Trabzon. (TKY15, $16.00)

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