The Thomas Poole Library - Nether Stowey
The Thomas Poole Library - Nether Stowey

Castle Street
Nether Stowey, TA5 1LN

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Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00-1:00 pm Thur 4:00 – 7:00 pm Fri 2:00-5:00 pm Sat, 10:00 – 1:00 pm
Tue, Sun Closed

Phone number
01278 741732

The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin

Book review by:

Ian Clarke

Having just re-read this book, I was as intrigued and fascinated as the first (and second) time I had read it.

It is a detective story and a historical novel as well. The action all takes place in 19th century Istanbul and has a colourful cast of characters, Turkish and European, ranging from the Sultan and his mother to the master of the soup-makers guild. It has no illustrations, so a plan of Istanbul would help!