Istanbul, 1520

Roxelana is no more than a girl when she is brought to Istanbul as a slave girl in Suleiman the Magnificent’s extensive harem. To the outside world, the harem is a paradise of murmuring fountains and beautiful women.  In reality it is a snake pit of jealousy, betrayal and murder.

The only way to a better life for any of the hundreds of concubines was to somehow find her way into the Sultan’s bed and bear him a son.  But one slave girl dreamed of far more than that. Roxelana didn’t just want the great lord’s favour; she wanted power.  And she wanted revenge.

This is the astonishing story of Suleiman and Roxelana, the woman he made his queen, in defiance of the centuries-old code of the Ottoman dynasty.

From medieval Venice to the slave markets of Algiers, from the mountains of Persia to the forbidden seraglio of the Ottoman’s greatest sultan, this is a tale of passion and intrigue stretching four decades.

Harem has been translated into 15 languages, and on release sold 150,000 copies in Germany.


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What readers are saying:

“Gripping and suspenseful… a compelling read – I could not put it down.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.

“This one kept me up much later than I should because I had to see what happens next! Great characters, great background – I love having my eyes opened to a different era.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.

“A spectacular, haunting tale of malice, obsession, and zeal set in the magnificent Harem of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent.” Historical Novel Review.

”Epic, well written and researched. Read it thru the night and couldn’t put it down.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.

“A page-turner. . . This peek behind the walls of the seraglio will seduce lovers of large-scale historical fiction.” Booklist.

“…masterfully written and you find yourself entered into the worlds and lives of the characters. I couldn’t put this book down!! If you enjoy historical fiction, this is of a time, era and culture that I have not seen frequently written about.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.


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