I’m a journalist and editor in Istanbul, working as senior digital journalist for BBC Monitoring’s Turkey team.

Until 2018 I wrote a weekly book review column for the Hürriyet Daily News and freelance articles for publications including the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Literary Review, Politico, War on the Rocks, Turkish Policy Quarterly and others.

Since 2015 I have presented and produced Turkey Book Talk, a biweekly podcast featuring interviews with authors, academics and journalists. That podcast is what I mostly use this blog to promote these days.

Contact me at williamjohnarmstrong[at]gmail[dot]com

Follow me on Twitter @WJ_Armstrong



World Politics Review

Has Erdoğan’s Attempt to Reshape Turkish Society Hit a Wall? – 08/06/2018

History Today

The Sultan and the Sultan – 08/11/2017

New York Times

What a TV Series Tells Us About Erdoğan’s Turkey – 14/05/2017

War on the Rocks

What a New Film Reveals About Turkey and its Brawl with Europe – 14/03/2017

Turkey’s Brain Drain: Purges and Fear are Driving Turkish Scholars Out of the Country – 22/09/2016

Turkey and the West are Heading for a Breakup – 01/08/2016

Times Literary Supplement

‘Banthology’ – Book review – 29/03/2018

‘Shadowless’ by Hasan Ali Toptaş – Book review – 09/01/2018

‘The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History’ by Cemil Aydin – Book review – 22/11/2017

‘The New Sultan: Erdoğan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey’ by Soner Çağaptay – Book review – 15/08/2017

Why Is Turkey So Divided? – 21/12/2016

‘Felatun Bey and Rakım Efendi, An Ottoman Novel’ by Ahmet Mithat Efendi – Book review – 03/08/2016

The view from Taksim Square – 22/07/2016

‘The Art of Exile’ by John Freely – Book review – 22/07/2016

‘Madonna in a Fur Coat’ by Sabahattin Ali – Book review – 10/06/2016

‘Endgame’ by Ahmet Altan – Book review – 13/01/2016

‘Four Years in the Mountains of Kurdistan: An Armenian Boy’s Memoir of Survival, 1915-1919’ by Aram Haigaz – Book review – 30/10/2015

‘A Useless Man: Selected Stories’ by Sait Faik Abasiyanik – Book review – 24/07/2015

‘The Assassin from Apricot City: Reportage from Turkey’ by Witold Szablowski – Book review – 09/04/2014

‘The Young Atatürk: From Ottoman Soldier to Statesman of Turkey’ by George W. Gawrych – Book review – 15/11/2013

‘Nazım Hikmet: The Life & Times of Turkey’s World Poet’ by Mutlu Konak Blasing – Book review – 28/06/2013

New America Weekly

How Turkey Returned to the Brink – 17/09/2015


LGBT Crackdown in Turkey: The Perils of Visibility – 28/07/2015

Al Monitor

Will a New Turkish Government Pursue a Fresh Armenian Opening – 26/06/2015


The Turk Has No Friend But the Turk – 06/06/2015

Foreign Policy

Army of Spin – 09/12/2014

Bülent Journal

Turkish Modern: Bizim Köy – 01/11/2014

Literary Review

‘Turkish Awakening: A Personal Discovery of Modern Turkey’ by Alev Scott – Book review – 01/08/2014

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