• "A fascinating read... a perfect companion for anyone who visits Turkey and wants to make sense of it and those countries it once ruled'"

    The Times
  • "As plush as a Turkish carpet... Godwin weaves together the threads of barbarism and civilisation with dazzling panache"

    Piers Brendon, Mail on Sunday
  • "So rich, so detailed and so astonishing as to be a book of wonders in itself"

    Jan Morris, Independent
  • "Perhaps the most readable history ever written on anything"

    Time Out