Last Letter from Istanbul


Author: Lucy Foley

9780008169107 | PB | pp. 434 | 2018 | HarperCollins

Last Letter from Istanbul is an epic tale that vividly captures the turmoil of forbidden love, set against the rich backdrop of a legendary city steeped in history and myth…

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Before the Occupation, Nur’s city was a tapestry of treasures: the Grand Bazaar alive with colour, trinkets and spices; saffron sunsets melting into the black waters of the Bosphorus; the sweet fragrance of the fig trees dancing on the summer breeze . . .

Now the shadow of war hangs over the city, and Nur lives for the protection of a young boy with a terrible secret. Stumbling through the streets, carrying the embroideries that have become her livelihood, she avoids the gazes of the Allied soldiers. Survival is everything.

When Nur chances upon George Monroe, a medical officer in the British Army, it is easy to hate him. Yet the lines between enemy and friend grow fainter.

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Lucy Foley









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United Kingdom

About the Author

The author divides her time between the UK and the Middle East – much of this novel was written in a garden in Tehran – and she also spends the year travelling around the world for research and inspiration.

She studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and then worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, during which time she also wrote her debut novel, The Book of Lost and Found. She now writes full-time and is currently working on her next book.


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