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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019
‘Expect vibrant, vivid and eye-opening descriptions of Middle Eastern life propelled by a tender storyline, all in Shafak’s haunting, beautiful and considered prose’ Vanity Fair
‘Incredibly sensuous and poetic and evocative’ Pandora Sykes, The High Low
‘Richly uplifting… truly beautiful writing’ Nicola Sturgeon
‘In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila’s consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore…’
For Leila, each minute after her death recalls a sensuous memory: spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the birth of a yearned-for son; bubbling vats of lemon and sugar to wax women’s legs while men are at prayer; the cardamom coffee she shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each fading memory brings back the friends she made in her bittersweet life – friends who are now desperately trying to find her . . .
‘Simply magnificent, a truly captivating work of immense power and beauty, on the essence of life and its end’ Philippe Sands
‘A vivid carnival of life and death, cruelty and kindness, love, politics and deep humanity. Brilliant!’ Helena Kennedy
‘Elif Shafak brings into the written realm what so many others want to leave outside. Spend more than ten minutes and 38 seconds in this world of the estranged. Shafak makes a new home for us in words’ Colum McCann
‘Elif Shafak’s extraordinary 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World is a work of brutal beauty and consummate tenderness’ Simon Schama
‘A rich, sensual novel… This is a novel that gives voice to the invisible, the untouchable, the abused and the damaged, weaving their painful songs into a thing of beauty.’ Financial Times
‘One of the best writers in the world today’ Hanif Kureishi
‘Haunting, moving, beautifully written – and based by an extraordinary cast of characters who capture the diversity of modern Turkey. A masterpiece’ Peter Frankopan
A thoughtful and incisive meditation on literature, motherhood, and spiritual wellbeing from Turkey’s leading female authorAfter the birth of her first child, Elif Shafak experienced a profound personal crisis. Plagued by guilt, anxiety, and bewilderment about her new maternal role, the acclaimed novelist stopped writing for the first time in her life. As she plummeted into post-partum depression, Shafak looked to the experiences of other prominent female writers-including Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, and Alice Walker-for help navigating the conflict between motherhood and artistic creation in a male-dominated society. Searingly honest, eloquent, and unexpectedly humorous, Black Milk will be widely embraced by writers, academics, and anyone who has undergone the identity crisis engendered by being a mother.
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
One rainy afternoon in Istanbul a woman walks into a doctor’s surgery. ‘I want an abortion’, she announces. She is nineteen years old, and unmarried. What happens that afternoon is to change her life, and the lives of everyone around her.
Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. Due to a mysterious family curse all the men die by age 41, so it is a house of women, among them her beautiful, rebellious mother, Zeliha, clairvoyant Auntie Banu and bar-brawl widow, Auntie Cevriye. But when Asya’s Armenian-American cousin Armanoush comes to stay, long-hidden family secrets and Turkey’s turbulent past begin to emerge.
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
From the author of The Architects Apprentice and Honour, The Forty Rules of Love is Elif Shafaks compelling and profound novel following Ella Rubinstein on a journey of self-discovery, examining life and love through Sufi mysticism. Discover the forty rules of love…Ella Rubinstein has a husband, three teenage children, and a pleasant home. Everything that should make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ellas life – an emptiness once filled by love. So when Ella reads a manuscript about the thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and his forty rules of life and love, her world is turned upside down. She embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author of this work. It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, taking Ella and us into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored…”Enlightening, enthralling. An affecting paean to faith and love.” (Metro). “Colourfully woven and beguilingly intelligent.” (Daily Telegraph). “The past and present fit together beautifully in a passionate defence of passion itself.” (The Times). Elif Shafak is the acclaimed author of nine novels including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Architects Apprentice and Honour, and is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her work has been translated into more than forty languages and she contributes to numerous international publications, including the New York Times, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, La Repubblica, Newsweek and Time magazine. She is also a public speaker working with The London Speaker Bureau and is a TED Global speaker. Elif Shafak has previously been longlisted for the Orange Prize, the Baileys Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award, and shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She is based in London with her two children and can be found on her website.
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
Author: ELIF SHAFAK
An outstanding work of breathtaking beauty
A writer of important, beautiful, painful, truthful novels
Lovely heartbreaker of a novel centered on dark secrets of civil wars & evils of extremism: Cyprus, star-crossed lovers, killed beloveds, damaged kids
Margaret Atwood on Twitter
Elif Shafak is a unique and powerful voice in world literature
One of the best writers in the world today
A wise novel of love and grief, roots and branches, displacement and home, faith and belief. The Island of Missing Trees is balm for our bruised times
David Mitchell, author of Utopia Avenue