Roger Crowley read English at Cambridge before going to live in Istanbul. His first book, Constantinople was published in 2005 and was followed by Empires of the Sea, which was chosen as the Sunday Times History Book of the Year in 2008.
Praise for City of Fortune Crowley...writes with a racy briskness that lifts sea battles and sieges off the page, so much so that at times his sentences seem in danger of bursting their seams -- New York Times Book Review Roger Crowley chronicles the peak of Venice's past glory with Wordsworthian sympathy, supplemented by impressive learning and infectious enthusiasm. -- W all Street Journal 'Venice receives a stirring account from British historian Crowley...An action-packed political and military history. -- Kirkus Reviews Praise for Roger Crowley's Empires of the Sea Crowley has an astonishing gift for narration; his account is as exciting as any thriller. --John Julius Norwich, The Wall Street Journal Crowley's page-turner history . . . deserves to be this [season's] most recommended nonfiction book. . . . Rich in character, action, surprise, what transpired in those few desperate weeks is one of history's best and most thrilling stories. -- The Dallas Morning News [Crowley] offers exquisitely delicate insights and undulating descriptive passages. Yet in his descriptions of the battles, his prose is so taut and tense, it is impossible not to be caught up in the harrowing action. -- The Christian Science Monitor A masterly narrative that captures the religious fervor, brutality and mayhem of this intensive contest. -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Gripping . . . This is a rare combination of a history book that reads with the detail, insight and pace of a novel. -- The Tampa Tribune