Sixteenth century Istanbul-a city of wonder and danger.
Elif Shafak is the acclaimed author of nine novels including The Bastard of Istanbul and Honour, and is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her work has been translated into over forty languages and she regularly contributes to publications including The New York Times, Guardian and Time magazine. Elif has been longlisted for the Orange Prize, the Baileys Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award, and shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She lives in London and can be found at www.elifshafak.com.
A gorgeous picture of a city teeming with secrets, intrigue and
romance * The Times *
Exuberant, epic and comic, fantastical and realistic . . . like all good stories it conveys deeper meanings about human experience * Financial Times *
Fascinating. A vigorous evocation of the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power * Sunday Times *
Intricate, multi-layered, resplendent, vividly evoked, beautifully written * Observer *
Sumptuous, absorbing, moving * Independent on Sunday *