Reviews

  • A terrific book. Poetic, poignant, trenchant.

    Ian Rankin
  • An intelligent, fierce and beguiling read

    Financial Times
  • A thoughtful, charming book that offers a connection to other worlds, perspectives and possibilities

    Sunday Times
  • An intense, discursive and absorbing novel

    Observer
  • One of the most important writers at work today, Elif Shafak eloquently explores Turkey's tumultuous present and past. Her magnificent latest moves between Istanbul and Oxford in a fascinating exploration of faith and friendship, rich and poor, and the devastating clash of tradition and modernity

    Independent
  • A brilliant and moving novel. Elif Shafak writes about religion without superficiality or special pleading, retaining a sense of its impossible possibility or its possible impossibility. Three Daughters of Eve is a remarkable accomplishment

    Richard Holloway
  • Elif Shafak's writing leaps off the page. In Three Daughters of Eve she takes us spine-tinglingly right under the skin of three women, exposing the strains of friendship through love and loss. An utterly engrossing read.

    Frances Osborne, bestselling author of The Bolter
  • Shafak's topical 10th novel is both an interrogation and a defence of Muslim identity

    Rebecca Rose, Financial Times
  • Luscious, heartbreaking, completely absorbing. It is a full-blown saga of emotion and character, straddling countries, cultures and languages, exploring its women's ambitions and desires; and at the same time a steady-eyed examination of the nameless rules - of femininity, duty, belief and behaviour - that keep us in line and under control. This is an absolutely consuming novel about women who know what they want, and a warning about the price we pay, written with the fluency and depth of an author at the very top of her game.

    Bidisha
  • Exuberant, epic and comic, fantastical and realistic . . . like all good stories it conveys deeper meanings about human experience

    Financial Times on 'The Architect's Apprentice'

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