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W&N History Hb / TPb January 2017 £25.00 / £14.99 416pp 80 b&W integrated images, and maps and colour plate sections 978 0 297 86848 4 / 978 1 474 60032 3 ebook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 86849 1 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 16046 5

‘I first travelled to Istanbul 25 years ago – and knew then that I was in love . . . I want to understand and inhabit both the dreams and the hard historical reality of this place’ – bettany Hughes bETTANY HUGHES Istanbul A Tale of Three Cities


a captivating history of one of the world’s greatest cities, based on years of first-hand research and new archaeological evidence.

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact. Standing as the gateway between the East and West, it has served as the capital of the Roman, byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. For much of its history it was known simply as The City, but, as bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not just a city, but a story.

Hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey through the many incarnations of one of the world’s greatest cities. As the longest-lived political entity in Europe, over the last 6,000 years Istanbul has absorbed a mosaic of micro-cities and cultures all gathering around the core. At the latest count archaeologists have measured forty-two human habitation layers. Phoenicians, Genoese, venetians, Jews, vikings and Azeris all called a patch of this earth their home. Delving into these layers – both physical and ideological – this epic new biography of Istanbul is visceral, immediate and scholarly narrative history at its finest.

Bettany hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her previous books – Helen of Troy and The Hemlock Cup – were published to great critical acclaim and worldwide success. Hughes has made a number of factual films and documentaries for the bbC, Channel 4, PbS, National Geographic, Discovery, The History Channel and AbC. She is a Research Fellow of king’s College London and has been honoured with numerous awards including the Norton Medlicott Medal for History.


Author location: London W5 Available for interview @bettanyhughes

W&N Non-Fiction • January 2017