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Alexander Christie-Miller: To The City

March 21 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


“Alexander Christie-Miller is an exceptionally fluent and imaginative writer who knows Turkey intimately”
— Max Hastings

Please join us on Thursday 21st March for a fascinating evening of informed conversation around the turbulent history of Istanbul, seen through the lens of Alexander Christie-Miller’s To The City: Life and Death Along the Ancient Walls of Istanbul.

Standing at the gateway between Europe and Asia, Istanbul lies at the centre of the most pressing challenges of our time. With environmental decay, rapacious development and tightening authoritarianism straining its social fabric to breaking point, it represents the precipitous moment civilisations around the world are currently facing. In and around its crumbling Byzantine-era fortifications, Alexander meets people who are experiencing the looming crisis and fighting back, sometimes triumphing despite the odds.

To the City seamlessly blends two narratives: the story of Turkey’s tumultuous recent past told through the lives of those who live around the walls, and the story of Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II’s siege and capture of the city in 1453. That event still looms large in Turkey, as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan like a latter-day sultan invokes its memory as part of his effort to transform the country in an echo of its imperial past.

Alexander will be in conversation with author William Eichler. After the chat, there’ll be an opportunity for audience questions and book signings. It’s bound to be a wonderful evening! Be there!

Alexander Christie-Miller worked in Istanbul between 2010 and 2017, where he was correspondent for The Times. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The Atlantic, Der Spiegel, and the White Review among other publications.

William Eichler is a writer based in Norwich, writing mainly on the history and politics of Turkey and Israel/Palestine for publications such as History Today, The New Humanist, The Tablet and openDemocracy. He lived in Turkey from 2011 to 2014.

Alexander Christie-Miller: To The City
Thursday 21st March
The Book Hive, Norwich
FREE (suggested donation of £2 on the night to cover wine and heating)
Refreshments available
Doors 6:30pm for a (prompt) 7:00pm start
Limited to 40 places —  book your spot now to avoid disappointment!


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March 21
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Book Hive
01603 219268


The Book Hive (Norwich)
53 London Street
Norwich, NR2 1HL United Kingdom
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