The Aviary Gate (Compact Disc)

By Katie Hickman, Josephine Bailey (Narrated by)

Tantor Media Inc, 9781400107797

Publication Date: June 30, 2008

July 2008 Indie Next List

“In 1599 Constantinople, an English woman is enslaved in the sultan's harem. In contemporary London a small manuscript scrap leads a doctoral researcher to Istanbul. As these stories interlink, The Aviary Gate is, by turns, neurotic, exotic, erotic, and mesmerizing.”
— Becky Milner, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA
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Elizabeth Staveley sits in the Bodleian library, holding in her trembling hands a fragment of ancient paper. It is the key to a story that has been locked away for four centuries--the story of a British sea captain's daughter held captive in the sultan's harem. Constantinople, 1599. There are rumors and strange stirrings in the sultan's palace. The chief black eunuch has been poisoned by a taste of a beautiful ship made of spun sugar. The sultan's mother faces threats to her power from her son's favorite concubine. And a secret rebellion is rising within the palace's most private quarters. Meanwhile, the merchant Paul Pindar, secretary to the English ambassador, brings a precious gift to the sultan. As he nears the palace, word comes to Pindar that the woman he once loved, Celia, may be alive and hidden among the ranks of slaves in the sultan's harem. Can this really be the same Celia who disappeared in a shipwreck? And if it is, can the two be reunited?

About the Author

Katie Hickman is the author of five books, including two bestselling history books, "Courtesans" and "Daughters of Britannia."

British actress and narrator Josephine Bailey has won ten "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and a prestigious Audie Award, and "Publishers Weekly" named her Best Female Narrator in 2002.

Praise For The Aviary Gate

"Languorous and filled with vivid, dreamlike images" ---Library Journal