A Traveller’s Reader

Edited by  Laurence Kelly
Published by Robinson,

£9.99 / $12.59 / 85.05 TL
($/TL approx)

Paperback, first published 1987
Reviews for Istanbul

An indispensable literary companion that vividly evokes the life of Istanbul. This wide-ranging and carefully chosen selection provides a richly layered view of the city that began as Byzantine Constantinople and is today Turkish Istanbul.

Drawing on diaries, letters, biographies, travelogues and poems from the sixth century AD onwards, Kelly recreates for contemporary visitors the vanished glories of Constantinople with vivid, eyewitness accounts of the coronation of a Byzantine emperor, the funeral of a sultan and the building of the Süleymaniye, the most magnificent of the city’s mosques.

Other passages describe the rampant sexual exploits of the Byzantine empress-to-be Theodora, the public execution of a Turkish wife and her young Christian lover and the experiences of the unfortunate Frenchman caught drinking wine and eating a pork sausage while sketching in Hagia Sophia in the 1680s.

Cornucopia Bookshop


Back Issues



Add to Basket
£9.99 / $12.59 / 85.05 TL

Free postage worldwide

Did you know? Books are post-free to subscribers anywhere in the world.

For a full list of benefits see Subscriber Club

Cornucopia Digital Subscription

The Digital Edition

Cornucopia has joined forces with the digital publishing platform Exact Editions to offer individual and institutional subscribers unlimited access to a searchable archive of fascinating back issues and every newly published issue. This brand new resource is available cross-platform on web, iOS and Android and offers a comprehensive search function, allowing the title’s cultural content to be delved into at the touch of a button.

Digital Subscription: £18.99 / $18.99 (1 year)

Subscribe now

Print subscribers automatically receive FREE access to the digital archive. If you are already a subscriber, please register at with your subscriber account number or contact