Maureen Freely


My Blue Peninsula is a confession that fills seven notebooks. In them, Dora Giraud tries to explain to her adult daughters why she remains in Istanbul after escaping death at the hands of extremists, and why she risks her life to campaign for the truth about the Greek, Armenian, and Assyrian genocides, ferociously denied for a century by the Turkish state.

Dora’s desperate need to understand her family history is the thread that binds this story’s conflicting fragments. As the direct descendant of the genocides’ victims and perpetrators, she carries a tangled legacy of loss and betrayal, lies and ill-gotten gains. With this confession, she hopes to set her daughters free. But can she?

My Blue Peninsula is Maureen Freely’s fourth novel set in Istanbul, the city of her childhood. In each, a character from the sidelines of the preceding novel takes centre stage to probe a mystery left pending. We first met Dora in Sailing Through Byzantium as the observant daughter of a famously bohemian household who could not, then, speak the truth.

Publication: 26th September 2023

Paperback: 978-1-7391777-1-3

Price £9.99

Digital: 978-1-7391777-8-2

Price: £7.99


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About this book

Maureen Freely was born in the US but grew up in Turkey. After graduating from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, she moved to England, where she teaches at the University of Warwick. She has, in addition to authoring eight novels, translated many classics of twentieth century Turkish literature as well as five books by the Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk. Formerly Chair and President of English PEN, she continues to campaign for freedom of expression worldwide.

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