Book review: Meander, By Jeremy Seal
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
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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