Event: Book Launch – Witold Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City, 21 November, London

In association with the Polish Cultural Institute in London we delighted to invite you to a book launch of Witold Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City. Reportage from Turkey, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.


Thursday, 21 November

Free Word Centre, 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre

60 Farringdon Road

London EC1R 3GA

Event is FREE. A panel discussion will be followed by signings and a drinks reception.


Winner English PEN Award 2013

Winner European Parliament Journalism Award 2011

Winner Beata Pawlak Award 2011

Nominated for the 2011 Nike Prize, Poland’s most prestigious literary award

‘A bold and bracing look at Turkey’s underbelly.’ Colin Thubron

Turkey – a country torn between East and West, Islam and Islamophobia; permeated with both conservatism and post-modernity. As he travels across this fascinating and beautiful country, Szabłowski heads for the most remote villages and towns to meet young women who have run away from honour killings, wives forced by their husbands into prostitution, immigrants from Africa who dream of a better life and Kurdish journalists.

A polyphonic portrait of contemporary Turkey, The Assassin from Apricot City masterfully evokes the present-day dreams and hopes of ordinary people, weaving a story from their potent and mesmerising tales.



Witold Szabłowski is an award-winning Polish journalist and writer. After a period studying and working in Istanbul he came to specialise in Turkish affairs, but also writes about Central Europe and the Balkan countries. In 2008, he won a prestigious Polish journalism prize, the Melchior Wańkowicz Award, in the ‘Inspiration of the Year’; category. His report on Turkish honour killings, It’s Out of Love, Sister, received an honorary mention at the Amnesty International competition for the best articles on human rights issues. In 2010, he received the European Parliament Journalism Award for his reportage The Purgatory of Istanbul. Both reports are included in this book. In the 2012 edition of the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award he won a Special Mention for his report on Albanian migration, Let Us In, You Bastards! (to be found at http://nextinline.eu/let-us-in-you-bastards/).


 (Photo: Albert Zawada/ Agencja Gazeta)


Antonia Lloyd-Jones is a full-time translator of Polish literature. Her published translations include fiction by several of Poland’s leading contemporary novelists, including The Last Supper by Paweł Huelle, for which she won the Found in Translation Award 2008. Her translations of non-fiction include reportage, literary biographies and essays. She also translates poetry and books for children. In 2012 she won the Found in Translation Award again for her body of work that year.