Zeynep Cemali recounts her childhood memories in Istanbul during 1950s. The main character of Cemali’s book  is her “Dad”, a unique character full of surprises that any child would adore and who has shaped Cemali’s whole life. At six, they played a game they called “come to my whistle” in the tumult of the Covered Bazaar. When she decided to become an actress and went to work in her father’s film company in Beyoğlu, she was only ten. The friendship between father and daughter is extraordinary.


Zeynep was only six when they were playing their “come to my whistle” game with her father in Grandbazaar of old Istanbul city. At the age of ten she decided to become an actress and started to work in her father’s film company. When she was eleven, she was running a movie theatre with her father. She was only twelve when she started to accompany his fathers trips all over the country. Father and the daughter… They were two close and inseperable friends!


Zeynep Cemali

Zeynep Cemali, born in 1950, proved her talent as a story writer and successfully applied her original story-telling also into her novels. She has reached readers of all ages through her books with high circulation figures. Cemali died in 2009, leaving behind her last novel Woman From Ankara.

Other Books

8th edition


Woman From Ankara
Zeynep Cemali
44th edition

Ballı Çörek Kafeteryası

Honey Cookie Café
Zeynep Cemali
35th edition

Patenli Kız

The Girl On Roller-Skates
Zeynep Cemali
9th edition 2016

Güzelce’de Bir Kaçak, Memo

Memo, a Runaway In Güzelce
Zeynep Cemali
30th edition

Ben, Çınar Ağacı ve Pufböreği

Puff Pastry, the Oak Tree and Me
Zeynep Cemali
15th edition

Gül Sokağı’nın Dikenleri

The Thorns of Rose Street
Zeynep Cemali
15th edition

Öykü Öykü Gezen Kedi

The Cat is Strolling Through Stories
Zeynep Cemali