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Elif Shafak - Author

Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1971. She is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Critics have acclaimed her as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary literature in both Turkish and English. Her novels include The Bastard of Istanbul which was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She is married with two children, and divides her time between London and Istanbul. Her website is

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Elif Shafak

The Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak
The Architect's Apprentice
Elif Shafak
Shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize 2015. Sixteenth century Istanbul: a stowaway arrives in the city bearing an extraordinary gift for the Sultan. The boy is utterly alone in a foreign land, with no wordly possessions to his name except Chota,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
The Forty Rules of Love
Elif Shafak
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 30 May 2011. Ella Rubinstein has a husband, three teenage children, and a pleasant home. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ella's life -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2011

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