Book review: Meander, By Jeremy Seal
Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
Friday 28 June 2013
Who, outside Turkey, really knew that the River Meander does just that? The winding stream that lent its name to any corkscrew course gave Seal a classic travel author's game-plan.
He takes a trip downriver, with frail canoe, from source (the Anatolian highlands) to sea (the Aegean ports).
Along the digressive way, he shares much not only about the myth and history that fills this landscape almost to overflow, but the dilemmas of Turkey today. Seal is the best of companions; readers will enjoy every twist.
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