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Books in brief—Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities by Buttony Hughes

"Hughes is a meticulous historian who understands the power of stories which exist beyond historical fact"

By Alev Scott   March 2017

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities by Bettany Hughes (W&N, £25)

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Bettany Hughes’s sprawling, 600-page love letter to one of the most inspiring cities on earth was a decade in the making, as befits a book covering millennia’s worth of history in impressive detail. Images of Neolithic footprints, 4th-century mosaics, medieval tapestries and 19th-century Ottomans are scattered throughout the text, which starts from the first evidence of human habitation in 800,000 BC and runs to the modern republic. Wisely, she decides not to get into a spat with…

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