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How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division


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The Booker Prize-shortlisted author on how staying optimistic can make our world better

About the Author

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*

Sharp and elegant ... I did find myself hoping that Facebook and Like (or whatever they are now called) might one day come across this little book - and thinking that its calm and generous view of the world might give them back some part of the optimism that had greeted their arrival.

A calmly rational response to extraordinary circumstances ... there is comfort in having a voice like Shafak's to guide us
*The i Paper*

Insightful and very moving

A deeply thought-provoking delight

Fortifying and optimistic
*Net-a-Porter Magazine*

One of the most important writers at work today

Shafak's writings are an embodiment of radical remembrance; with existential fervour, they pull together the past and future to bring forth a fully realised present that feels all the more urgent

'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
*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*

Beautifully written ... a complex vision of how emotions interact with political life

Beautifully written ... calls for the importance of centring knowledge, storytelling, empathy, and wisdom in our lives.

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