Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly on the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeastern Europe. Turkey is a modern country with a captivating blend of antiquity and contemporary. Its history and culture reflect the apparent contradictions often emanating from this fascinating country.
Crystal clear waters, tall mountains, the ruins of ancient empires, small idyllic villages, huge cosmopolitan cities—Turkey’s many facets make it so unique and why it has continued to attract visitors. If you’ve never visited or simply long to go back, these books set in Turkey will transport you there and inspire a future adventure!
The Time of Mute Swans by Ece Temelkuran (2017)
This timely, bestselling novel about a military coup in Turkey, told through the eyes of two children, resonates deeply with events there today.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (1934)
Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak (2017)
The Baklava Club by Jason Goodwin (2014)
In four previous novels, Jason Goodwin’s Inspector Yashim, the eunuch detective, has led us through stylish, suspenseful, and colorful mysteries in the Istanbul of the Ottoman Empire. Now, in The Baklava Club, Yashim returns for his final adventure-and his most thrilling yet.
Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali (1943)
Available in English for the first time, this best-selling Turkish classic of love and alienation in a changing world captures the vibrancy of interwar Berlin. Emotionally powerful, intensely atmospheric, and touchingly profound, Madonna in a Fur Coat is an unforgettable novel about new beginnings, the relentless pull of family ties, and the unfathomable nature of the human soul.
A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk (2014)
Portrait of a Turkish Family by Irfan Orga (1950)
The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak (2013)
The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar (1954)
More by Hakan Günday (2016)
Memed, My Hawk by Yaşar Kemal (1955)
Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon (2012)
The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay (1956)
The Winter Thief by Jenny White (2010)
Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene (1970)
Human Landscapes from my Country by Nazim Hikmet (2009)
Silent House by Orhan Pamuk (1983)
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak (2009)
The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk (1990)
Turkish Reflections by Mary Lee Settle (1991)
The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk (2008)
My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk (1998)
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Gardens of Water by Alan Drew (2008)
The Gaze by Elif Shafak (1999)
Istanbul Noir by Mustafa Ziyalan (2008)
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak (2019)
Last Train to Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin (2002)
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak (2007)
The Abyssinian Proof by Jenny White (2007)
Snow by Orhan Pamuk (2002)
The Flea Palace by Elif Shafak (2002)
The Sultan’s Seal by Jenny White (2006)
Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk (2003)
The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin (2006)
Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières (2004)
Songs My Mother Never Taught Me by Selçuk Altun (2005)
Sleeping In The Forest by Sait Faik (2004)
Constantinople by Edmondo de Amicis (2005)
What do you think of these books set in Turkey?
Have you been to Turkey before or is it on your bucket list? Have you read any of these books set in Turkey? Do you know any books set in Turkey that I may have missed? Let me know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions about Turkey and the books set there in the comments below!