Jason Goodwin is a novelist, historian and traveller, winner of the JLR/Mail on Sunday Prize for On Foot to the Golden Horn, and of the Edgar Award for Best Novel his first Yashim mystery, The Janissary Tree.

His books include: The Gunpowder Gardens: Travels in China and India in Search of Tea and Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire (‘perhaps the most readable history ever written about anything’: Time Out). His latest history is Greenback: The Almighty Dollar and the Invention of America. 

The Janissary Tree became an international bestseller. The fourth book in the series, An Evil Eye, was published in 2011 to critical acclaim, and The Baklava Club will be published on June 5th in the US and the UK. It will premiere, however, in Estonian in May. His books are translated into over forty languages. He lives in Dorset with his wife Kate and their four children.

Gunpowder GardensTravel

Lords of the HorizonsHistory

The Janissary TreeFiction


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    • Thank you for posting the link here: the diagram is used by the Contessa for fencing in THE BELLINI CARD, but of course it’s fun to muse on it peacably too.

  1. What??????? !!!!!!!!!!! No more Yashim????? I have him filed right after Furst and before Conan Doyle;and dedicated at least 6″ of new library shelving for him.Bah humbug!!!!!! Now what to read in my dotage????

    • Thank you! If you can cling on until June, there is THE BAKLAVA CLUB…! A good inch and a half, I’d have thought?

    • Absolutely – there will be THE BAKLAVA CLUB, which comes out in June. I’m so glad you found the movie – I think maybe I need to spring clean the website somehow: it’s like a crazy old house that has come together in different epochs, leaving it with curious old stairways and uneven landings and unexpected windows… Thanks for getting in touch!

    • Not yet, Gerry: but it’s a great project which I’d like to undertake! We have been talking about a Yashim cookbook – with Palewski’s beef and sorrel sauce, and contributions from other characters, too, alongside Yashim’s own peerless Ottoman creations. I will keep everyone posted here. best, Jason

  2. I am going to Istanbul all because of Yashim….how can we do without him???? For heaven’s sake don’t kill him off, just in case he won’t let you alone and you decide to perhaps…such nice writing, have read the walk book and loved it and Lords of the Horizon many years ago and fell in love with things Turkish (as well as Bosnian by the way, especially Sarajevo even now). Many thanks!

    • Thank you, Suzanne – that makes me very proud (I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag, but I do hope you’ll enjoy The Baklava Club). How great that you’re going to Istanbul: I’m told it has been voted the world’s favourite destination, so I advise booking ahead! And may you gave a wonderful trip. Best wishes, Jason

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