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Five Days in Istanbul

Five Days in Istanbul

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I'm Maisie Sullivan and my debut novel Five Days in Istanbul is available now. It's the tale of one spontaneous decision, three madcap friends and five days away –fabulous!

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Five Days in Istanbul

One spontaneous decision, three madcap friends and five days away

About Maisie

Maisie Sullivan

Find out a little bit more about the first-time author Maisie Sullivan

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Five Days in Istanbul

Five Days in Istanbul

Five Days in Istanbul is the story of three friends, teaching in the Middle East in the late 1990s. They yearn for an escape from the responsibilities of motherhood, teacher-hood, and wifehood. If only for a short while, and to be able to be themselves and let their hair down a bit.

During one of the relentless children’s birthday parties they frequently had to endure, things come to a head, and whilst waiting to collect their children, it becomes the straw that broke the camel’s back.

One minute they were sipping coffee in a local hotel. The next, they were heading towards the nearest travel agent. In less than an hour, they had booked a spontaneous jaunt to Istanbul.

The resulting trip was one of unintentional madness and mayhem from the outset. Full of tension, drama and tears. Laughter, light-heartedness and chance encounters.

It was many things. But most of all it was extraordinary, unimaginable, and unforgettable.


If you wish to be transported away from the dull, dark days of an English winter and spend time reading about the delights of Istanbul, then buy this book! Maisie's descriptions paint a wonderful picture of life in the city. Who would have thought so much could go wrong within five days and that one of the three friends could create chaos wherever she goes? A brilliant read!
Anna A.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this incident-filled account of three friends on a five-day break. The writer conveyed the atmosphere of Istanbul so well, I almost felt I had escaped there with them!
Rachel Woodward Carrick

From the first page this book had me. I felt like I had entered an adventure of a group of friends who needed some fun in there lives and boy it didn’t disappoint lol 😂 with the mishaps and banter between the girls kept me smiling and waiting to see whatever else may befall this group of characters the descriptions on not only the city but of the food and culture, made me feel as if I had been transported to a land of hidden mysteries. A total pleasure to read, can’t wait for your next book.
Janet Griffiths

Have you already read Five Days in Istanbul? Let me know what you think!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I enjoyed my trip to Istanbul with the girls! It felt like I was there with them. I loved the relationships between them, and the way the events unfolded. Just when you think nothing else can happen...it does! Great fun, well done.
Hannah Powell

Reading this book, had me thinking ‘whatever can happen next in this one short trip?’ Joining the girls on their calamitous adventure had so many OMG moments. I enjoyed learning about the three friends with very different characters – the organiser, the mishap magnet and the wind-up merchant. Loved the adventure and I’d be surprised if they were allowed out together ever again!
Helen Johns

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About Maisie Sullivan

Maisie Sullivan is the pen name of Kath Shadnia, a semi-retired teacher. Born in Islington, London, where she spent the first 40 years of her life. After leaving school she worked in administration, secretarial roles and also worked as an estate agent for many years. After the tragic death of her brother in 1990, she recognised that she felt unfulfilled.

Never having excelled at school, she decided to go back into education and studied for a degree in Business and Economics, at The University of East London. It was a proud moment when she graduated with an Honours Degree in 1993.

Shortly afterward she received a job offer for a teaching post abroad. In September 1993, with one suitcase, a one-way ticket, and sixty pounds in her pocket, she flew to the Middle East. She remained there for almost ten years.

On returning to the UK, she became a licensee but soon returned to teaching, and training teachers. She finally retired from education in 2017. She now pursues her other interests in Holistic and Complementary Therapy and her lifelong passion for writing.

Married, with two grown-up sons, she currently lives in Shropshire, with her husband and her rescue dog Ritchie.

Five Days in Istanbul is her debut novel.

Maisie Sullivan


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I had a little launch party with some good friends to celebrate the publication of Five Days in Istanbul!

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Book Publication Day!


My new novel Five Days in Istanbul is published today!

It's the tale of three friends on a spontaneous quest to let their hair down. It's full of tension, drama, tears, laughter, light-heartedness and chance encounters.

You can order a signed copy directly from this website for only £8.99 including UK postage.

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My debut novel Five Days in Istanbul is now available to pre-order directly from this website, for only £8.99 including UK postage. Signed copies of the paperback will be posted out in mid December.

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My Debut Novel, Coming Soon


I'm delighted to announce that my debut novel Five Days in Istanbul will be published in early December. It will soon be available to pre-order directly from this website.

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Five Days in Istanbul


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