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Reviews

  • The Island of Missing Trees is a magical masterpiece . . . Elif Shafak has done it again with this brilliant novel of the secrets of hearts, the history of Cyprus and the beauty of memory. Truly full of miracles.

    Kate Williams
  • The Island of Missing Trees, for all its uses of enchantment, is a complex and powerful work in which the harrowing material settles on the reader delicately

    FT
  • Poignant . . . [Shafak] knows exactly when to dangle unanswered questions, when to drench our senses, when to offer meaningful musings, elegant metaphors and tugs at the heartstrings

    Sunday Times
  • Compassionate and enchanting, it's a transporting tale of roots, renewal and talking trees

    Mail on Sunday, Best New Fiction
  • Enchanting . . . Shafak's writing is poised and expressive, remarkable for its charm and lyricism . . . The novel is a tapestry of heavy emotions, but it's one that's spun with brightness

    Sunday Telegraph, Novel of the Week
  • The Cyprus setting is stunningly described in this spellbinding story about identity, love and loss

    Good Housekeeping, 'this month’s 10 books to read right now’ (September)
  • The Island of Missing Trees is a strong and enthralling work: its world of superstition, natural beauty and harsh tribal loyalties becomes your world . . . for all its uses of enchantment, it is a complex and powerful work in which the harrowing material settles on the reader delicately

    FT
  • A wonderful rebuke to anthropocentric storytelling . . . Elif's extraordinary new novel about grief, love and memory

    Literary Review
  • The Cyprus setting is stunningly described in this spellbinding story about identity, love and loss

    Good Houskeeping, best books to read this month
  • This is a sweeping, romantic tale about love and loss that's so evocative you can smell honeysuckle and figs wafting from the pages

    Red, best books to read this autumn

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