Back up to: The Essay
5/5 Writer Maureen Freely on the great feeling of melancholy that enveloped 1960s Istanbul.
4/5 Turkish author Moris Farhi on the mythical past of Istanbul through childhood memories.
3/5 Writer Jason Goodwin on 19th-century Istanbul as the inspiration for his own fiction.
2/5 Turkish author Elif Shafak casts a writer's eye over Istanbul and its many identities.
1/5 Mary Beard casts a classicist's eye over Istanbul under the Roman Emperor Constantine.