We should start by admitting our top five books about Turkey isn’t quite what it seems. If you look carefully you will see that it is actually more like a top 100 books…

This is because so many brilliant books about the country have been written over the years, we couldn’t decide which top five five books about Turkey to choose…

We thought that limiting our recommendations to a mere five books about Turkey would be a serious mistake. So, instead we are actually looking at five lists written by other people on their favourite books about Turkey!

Hungry for books about Turkey?

If, like us, you are hungry for books about Turkey, you can’t do much better than take a look at what other people who know and love the country recommend and like to read.

This is exactly what we’ve done on your behalf.

Maybe you will find some of your best reads about Turkey, ever, like we did and probably (also like we did) you’ll see some you hadn’t heard of before.

Birds Without Wings – Louis de Bernieres

Louis de Bernieres’ Birds Without Wings is there of course, as is Jeremy Seal‘s Meander: east to west along a Turkish river but there are many others too.

Meander: east to west along a Turkish river
Jeremy Seal

As usual our list is in no particular order:

Top 5 reads about Turkey – according to:

Tom Brosnahan (Turkey Travel Planner)

A wonderfully eclectic range of subjects by Tom about all things Turkey and Turkish. It also includes his own book, which we haven’t read yet but it’s definitely on our list.

To read about what Tom likes and visit the Turkey Travel Planner website, click here.

Jason Goodwin

Jason Goodwin is the author of the highly acclaimed series of novels featuring Yashim, the Istanbul investigator. As Jason studied Byzantine history at Cambridge University he has also written about the history of the city too. As expected, his list of books about Turkey covers a range of fascinating subjects.

For more about Jason visit his website by clicking here.

Duke Dillard (Captivating Capadoccia)

Captivating Capadoccia is full of useful information for people travelling around the region and the author, Duke Dillard, one of the authors on this site is obviously a bit of a bibliophile.

top 5 reads about Turkey – and more

With more than 45 books to choose from on this list, we feel sure that you will find something interesting to read that’s new to you.

Natalie Sayın

Natalie Sayın

A freelance travel blogger and writer specializing in the country of Turkey, Natalie Sayın uses her blog as her writing portfolio and journal about life in Turkey.

As she reads she updates the list and says all of them can be purchased on Amazon, in either hardback form or for kindle.

For Natalie’s full list visit her blog by clicking here.

Peter Sommer

In 1994, Peter Sommer walked 2,000 miles across Turkey, retracing the route of Alexander the Great, and in the process fell in love with the country, its ancient civilisations, and the Turkish people. A British archaeologist and award-winning documentary filmmaker began organising and leading tours in 1996. His name is now that of a well known travel UK company.

Books, biographies, and travel guides should you wish to read up on Turkey, Turkish history, and the region’s archaeology before your cultural tour.

To learn what there is on this list and to visit the website, click here.

And finally… because we can never stop at five…

Books about Turkey

Sadly, no more excellent reviews since this time last year but this blog is nevertheless a useful aid memoire for anyone looking for something a bit different.

To visit Books about Turkey click on this link.

Now we’d like to hear from you – what are your favourite books about Turkey?

Happy reading!



    • I think you’ll find that Norman Stone’s book, Turkey: a short history, is recommended in one of the links we suggest. It is certainly well worth reading.