Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels, including her latest The Island of Missing Trees, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award.
She is a bestselling author in many countries worldwide and her work has been translated into 55 languages. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize, and was Blackwell’s Book of the Year. The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by the BBC as among the 100 Novels that Shaped Our World.
Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She has been chosen among the BBC’s 100 most inspiring and influential women.