I have been making repeat visits to this endlessly rewarding country since the early 1980s. My first book, A Fez of the Heart, told the story of my travels in search of that land’s trademark hat; my most recent one, to be published in 2012, recounts my journey by folding canoe down Western Turkey’s classical Meander River. Others, like Santa: A Life, are partly set in the country while I have written many travel articles on Turkey for British, American and Australian newspapers and magazines.
The best advice to the best places
I'm beginning to feel that I have now begun to understand the place; so I'm excellently qualified to advise all prospective visitors with at least some interest in exploring above the beach and beyond the bar. I've therefore distilled my favourite experiences of Turkey – the best places for beds and meals both onshore and onboard, the most exquisite ruin sites and walks, the stand-out towns and villages – at www.somewherewonderful.com.
Expert and, above all, impartial
I'm utterly honest in these pages. I've ensured that I'm free to say precisely what I think of places, and only to include the ones I happen to adore. Those who share my tastes – for bucolic but civilised, authentic and occasionally expeditionary encounters – are sure to find within these pages precisely the side of Turkey that they are after.