The Palace Lady’s Summerhouse

And other inside stories from a vanishing Turkey

By Patricia Daunt
Foreword by John Julius Norwich

Photographs by Fritz von der Schulenburg, Simon Upton, Cemal Emden, Jürgen Frank, Jean Marie del Moral, Brian McKee
Published by Cornucopia Books, October 2017
ISBN 978-09957566-0-1

£25.00 / $34.80 / 131.90 TL
($/TL approx)



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Hardback, 304 pages, 232 plates
Book Description

From Istanbul’s palatial old embassies to its glorious Bosphorus summerhouses, from Ottoman Paris to Ankara’s Art Deco, from rainforest mansions to a mad mosque in the mountains… a diplomat’s wife reveals surprising secret histories. This book brings together essays by Patricia Daunt written for Cornucopia Magazine over the past twenty-five years. It concludes with her latest article, on the magnificent ruins of Aphrodisias, newly listed as a World Heritage Site, but long one of her greatest loves.

FROM THE FOREWORD ‘This volume is a rare treasure… flair and know-how dazzlingly combined with knowledge and wit. From it you will learn of a semi-secret Turkey. Patricia Daunt is not only a passionate Turcophile and a most impressive scholar; she is also a former ambassadress, who over many years has been able to penetrate far more deeply than most of us into the life and customs of what we must, alas, describe as a vanishing Turkey.’
From the foreword by John Julius Norwich

The author has asked for proceeds from the book to be given to the Friends of Aphrodisias Trust.

Reviews for The Palace Lady’s Summerhouse
  • A LOVE LETTER TO TURKEY’S LOST PAST The Palace Lady’s Summerhouse is much more than a beautifully illustrated book: it’s about the people who lived — and live — in these buildings, and a portrait of the vanishing worlds they represent. We meet the gentlemanly descendants of a dynasty of grand viziers who quizzically watch the maritime traffic of the modern world passing by their ancestral waterside palace. There are cheerful black peasants whose great-grandparents came to Turkey as slaves and settled on the shores of Lake Köycegiz, a rarely visited gem in western Anatolia; and gentlemen tea-farmers who spend winter evenings sitting in the vast inglenooks of ancient farmhouses. It’s a whimsical and finely drawn account, a love letter to a country and to a world that has been almost completely swallowed up by tourism, new money and development.

    – Owen Matthews, The Spectator, December 2, 2017
  • TRAVEL For more than quarter of a century [Patricia Daunt] has contributed articles to Cornucopia, the magazine, that is, in so many ways Turkey’s equivalent to Country Life and has done so much to record the monuments of that country and encourage constructive preservation. Some 20 articles are brought together in this stylish production, the texts beautifully complemented by the excellent photogrpahs for which the magazine is known.

    As the wife of a former ambassador to Turkey, Lady Daunt knows the former embassies of in Istanbul. Her accounts of these are both elegant and informed by a strong historical sense. They will surely survive.

    Fate has been less uniformally kind to private houses on the Bosphorus, the subject of ten articles that convey the magic of these while leaving one in no doubt of the vicissitudes they have suffered, whether from road building or political reverses…

    – Francis Russell, Country Life, December 13, 2017
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