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Talk and book-signing: 100 years after their empire ended, author Diane Darke delves into the cultural legacy of the Ottomans

The 1st of November 2022 marked exactly one hundred years since the Ottoman Empire officially ended. In existence for over 600 years, and widely regarded as one of the greatest ever empires, the Ottomans left an indelible mark on our lives. Now a new book by Diane Darke, The Ottomans: A Cultural Legacy, re-examines the impact […]

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Review: Metin Murat’s The Crescent Moon Fox is a “page-turner ode to all the people of Cyprus and their culture”

Metin Murat’s page-turner debut novel is an ode to all the people of Cyprus and their culture. A self-declared work of fiction set against the historic and political realities of the last 80 years between his ancestral home of Turkish Cyprus and London. The novel starts in 1930s Cyprus and Bamyakoy (based on the author’s […]

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The incredible tale of Frederick Bruce Thomas, aka ‘The Black Russian’, who brought Jazz and music hall culture to Turkey

Any visitor to Turkey will know how important music is to the local culture. From Turkish pop to Ottoman-inspired classical music (Türk Sanat Müziği), folk (Halk Müziği) and the blues (Türkü), live renditions can be seen and heard everywhere. One of the country’s biggest modern entertainment traditions has been the gazino – a high-end cabaret […]

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Christmas Gift Ideas

If you’re in need of inspiration for those last minute Christmas and New Year gifts for friends and family, look no further than our fine selection below: there’s something for everyone, from books and music, to confectionary and clothes.     CONFECTIONARYMarrons Glacés: vegan, natural, gluten free, Truede: 90g at £12.99, 180g at £24.99 Mixed chocolate […]

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Book launch: Erdoğan Rising – The Times’ Istanbul correspondent Hannah Lucinda Smith in conversation with Anthony Loyd

In conversation with Anthony Loyd, Hannah Lucinda Smith analyses Turkey’s ailing democracy – and what Erdoğan’s continuing hold on power means for the rest of us. More than fifteen years before Donald Trump ascended to the American presidency, Turkey was the crucible for the new, authoritarian populism now shaking the world. Its President, Recep Tayyip […]

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The Red Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk: “a profound pronouncement on the importance of balance: East and West, individualism and authoritarianism”

When Orhan Pamuk’s name is mentioned, a lot comes to mind: Turkey, Turkish Literature, the Nobel Prize, East and the West, history and politics. Translated by Ekin Oklap, The Red Haired Woman is an exciting journey into the mysterious unknown with its multi-layered structure, originality and imagery in the context of individuality and authoritarianism. Pamuk […]

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Win a copy of The Battle of Kokkina about the struggle of Turkish Cypriots during the Cyprus Conflict

  Recently released, Nejla Clements’ book The Battle of Kokkina is the true story of how a besieged Turkish Cypriot community survived attempted annihilation as they defended a key coastal village in Northern Cyprus. The book is based on Erenköy ve Hayat– the extraordinary autobiography of Nejla’s uncle Fadıl Elmasoğlu (both pictured above), who led […]