Reviews

  • Haunting, moving, beautifully written - and based by an extraordinary cast of characters who capture the diversity of modern Turkey. A masterpiece.

    Peter Frankopan, author of the no.1 bestselling 'The Silk Roads'
  • One of the best writers in the world today

    Hanif Kureishi
  • Simply magnificent, a truly captivating work of immense power and beauty, on the essence of life and its end.

    Philippe Sands
  • Shafak is the most exciting Turkish novelist to reach western readers in years

    Irish Times
  • A terrific book. Poetic, poignant, trenchant

    Ian Rankin on 'Three Daughters of Eve'
  • A thoughtful, charming book that offers a connection to other worlds, perspectives and possibilities

    Sunday Times on 'Three Daughters of Eve'
  • A brave and passionate novel

    Paul Theroux on 'Bastard of Istanbul'
  • A vivid carnival of life and death, cruelty and kindness, love, politics and deep humanity. This is only possible in the hands of a consummate storyteller. Elif Shafak's lyrical command of language and narrative is breathtaking. Brilliant!

    Helena Kennedy
  • Elif Shafak brings into the written realm what so many others want to leave outside. Spend more than ten minutes and 38 seconds in this world of the estranged. Shafak makes a new home for us in words

    Colum McCann
  • Elif Shafak's extraordinary Ten Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World is a work of brutal beauty and consummate tenderness, a wild shout of life from out of the lower depths of destitution and prostitution, indeed from beyond the grave itself. Every page throbs with unruly vitality, the sense- saturating colours scents and sounds of raw Istanbul, all registered with poetic sharpness. It's a book which for all its ordeals is a profoundly moving, at times lyrical, celebration of humanity's obstinate fight for life against the steepest of odds

    Simon Schama