Disasters are said to come in threes, so maybe the same holds true of good things, too.
Last week, in The Week, A N Wilson chose The Janissary Tree as one of his six favourite books (between Wallace Stevens and St. Augustine’s Confessions). Wilson – whose new novel, The Potter’s Hand, is out this week – writes:
‘I am addicted to Goodwin’s detective stories set in in Istanbul in the 1840s. Yashim…is the best new sleuth since Maigret. The books evoke that great city and the plots are ingenious.’
Simultaneously I received my copy of the London Library magazine, with the cover story one I wrote about Ottomania, searching out the subject in the stacks of my favourite library.
On Monday I delivered a review of Otter Country by Miriam Darlington, to the Spectator, which came out on Friday.
Finally, our house was featured rather gorgeously in Ben Pentreath’s English Decoration, which is out next month – a copy arrived last week, too.
That’s four good things, you say? No, that’s one for my wife – revealing, as Ben writes, ‘the brilliance with which Kate puts together her rooms.’
just as many years ago Robert van Gulik introduced me to dynastic China so your books introduce me to Ottoman Turkey – what a wonderful way to learn about distant times and fascinating peoples – many thanks