Jason Goodwin (born 1964) is a British writer and historian. He studied Byzantine history at Cambridge University. Following the success of A Time For Tea: Travels in China and India in Search of Tea, he walked from Poland to Istanbul, Turkey. His account of the journey, On Foot to the Golden Horn, won the John Llewellyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday Prize in 1993.
Subsequently he wrote Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire. Later, he became popular as the author of the mysteries The Janissary Tree and The Snake Stone, two books which pivot on a Turkish eunuch detective, Yashim, who lives and works in 19th century Istanbul. The Janissary Tree won the coveted Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2007 and will be available in 38 languages.
The third Yashim novel, The Bellini Card, was released in the summer of 2008.