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After ten years of research and writing, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster Dr Bettany Hughes' Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities is finally out this month. Described as a "glittering mosaic of a book", Weidenfeld and Nicholson will publish Istanbul in the UK. There have been major rights deals in America, China and Taiwan to date.
In Istanbul, Bettany Hughes takes us from the earliest settlement in 6000 BC to the present day - from Byzantium to Constantinople to Istanbul - providing a captivating portrait of the momentous life of this city. This is narrative history at its finest, and who better to tell this story than an author who has devoted the last twenty-five years to the vibrant communication of the past. A Scholar from Oxford University, her speciality is ancient and mediaeval history and culture, and she has taught at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and lectured at Cornell, Bristol, UCL, Maastricht, Utrecht and Manchester.
The reviews say it all:
A passionate retelling of Istanbul's history and its impact on the world today. (Financial Times)
A particular stroke of genius . . .The book is littered with historical echoes that are impossible to ignore (Richard Spencer, The Times)
Award-winning historian Bettany Hughes pieces together the history of Istanbul in a riveting biography of a brilliant, bloodied city. (Madeleine Keane, Sunday Independent (Ireland))
Istanbul is a visceral, pulsating city. In Bettany Hughes's life-filled and life-affirming history, steeped in romance and written with verve, it has found a sympathetic and engaging champion. (Guardian)
A major publicity and marketing plan is place for this spectacular book. Not only will there be a series of high profile events at literary festivals in the UK and abroad - Oxford Literary Festival, Hay, Chalke Valley, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Dublin International and the Emirates Festival to name but a few - but Bettany will also be visiting bookshops across the country throughout January and February in 2017. Look out for the author talking about, and signing copies of, Istanbul at Waterstones Piccadilly, Blackwell's in Oxford, Daunts and many more, and listen to her on BBC radio 3, 4, 5, 6, World Service and Newstalk in the coming months.