Curling up with Kamil Pasha

Istanbul in winter snow, in the days before electricity. After reading Jenny White’s new novel ‘The Winter Thief’, I can no longer walk down a dark and muddy street in Istanbul – yes, they still exist — without thinking of the dangers that lurked here for White’s characters. The atmosphere she conjures up in this…

Dirty Dog

My cleaning lady recoiled in horror when our new little puppy greeted her with endearing enthousiasm. In my Dutch society a dog becomes part of the family, but her Muslim religion tells her that dogs are dirty animals. The dog’s mouth is considered to be particularly unclean, so she also refused to touch its bowls….