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  • Published: 15 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099531791
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $19.99
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Meander

East to West along a Turkish River



A wonderful, winding exploration of the fabled Turkish river, the pivotal meeting point between East and West, from the author of the acclaimed A Fez of the Heart.

The course of the Meander is so famously indirect that the river's name has come to signify digression - an invitation Jeremy Seal is duty-bound to accept while travelling the length of it in a one-man canoe. At every twist and turn of his journey, from the Meander's source in the uplands of Central Turkey to its mouth on the Aegean Sea, Seal illuminates his account with a wealth of cultural, historical and personal asides.

It is a journey that takes him from Turkey's steppe interior - the stamping ground of such illustrious adventurers as Xerxes, Alexander the Great and the Crusader Kings - to the great port city of Miletus, home of the earliest Western philosophers. Along the way Seal unpicks the history of this remarkable region, but he also encounters a rich assortment of contemporary characters who reveal a rural Turkey on the cusp of change. Above all, this is the story of a river that first brought the cultures of East and West into contact - and conflict - with one another, its banks littered with the spoil of empires, the marks of war, and the detritus of recent industrialisation.

At once epic, intimate and insightful, Meander is a brilliant evocation of a land between two worlds.

  • Published: 15 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099531791
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $19.99
Categories:

About the author

Jeremy Seal

Jeremy Seal is a travel writer, teacher, broadcaster and tour guide with a life-long fascination forTurkey. His first book, A Fez of the Heart, was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. He is also the author of The Snakebite Survivors' Club, The Wreck at Sharpnose Point, and Santa: A Life, which was Radio 4's Book of the Week. His most recent book is Meander: East to West Down a Turkish River. He has written for the Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times, Condé Nast Traveller, the Weekend Australian and the New York Times, among others. He also organises and leads cultural tours to Turkey (www.somewherewonderful.com). He lives in Bath.

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Praise for Meander

This is a wonderful book by a wonderful writer

Robert Macfarlane

It's an elegant and fitting tribute to the most famous river you've never heard of.

Dan Linstead, Wanderlust

An excellent introduction to Turkish history for anyone planning a summer holiday

Sara Wheeler, Guardian

Writer and river are happily matched . History is his travelling companion

Anthony Sattin, Spectator

Enlightening

The Bookseller

There are few better travel writers than Jeremy Seal writing today, and none better on Turkey

Geographical Magazine

Success and enjoyment in this book spring from the fact that Seal is equally at home in the past as the present... his great ability here is to convey something of the lives, the concerns and the nature of the people of the region

Anthony Sattin, Spectator

Meander takes us to a forgotten river and a land whose history and culture, significant as they are for bridging East and West, old and new, are all but neglected. It's wonderful stuff... a book that celebrates the dilemma in which Turkey finds itself, which records with sensitivity a story which is both epic and intensely personal... this is a fine observation of a landscape and its people and of a country whose efforts to define itself have been as circuitous as the river itself'

Jon Berry, www.caughtbytheriver.net

A charming, enviable journey. Seal's book delivers on its promise of an unpredictable journey through an unfamiliar place

Sunday Times

Meander is both the tale of a quixotic journey down a river and a wonderfully affectionate, funny, intimate and knowledgeable portrait of Turkey

Barnaby Rogerson, Times Literary Supplement

Seal is the best of companions; readers will enjoy every twist

Independent Radar

[Seal] travels from the river's source in the distant hills to the point where it finally drains into the Aegean, every bend revealing an entirely new perspective

Good Book Guide

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