The Booker Prize-shortlisted author on how staying optimistic can make our world better
Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019, and her work has been translated into more than fifty languages. Shafak holds a PhD in political science, is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED global speaker. In 2019, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
One of the best writers in the world today -- Hanif Kureishi One of the most important writers at work today * Independent * PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS: '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 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