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The Island of Missing Trees

Elif Shafak

Published: 07/04/2022 A masterpiece of literature from one of the world’s greatest living writers. Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home, sitting underneath the fig tree as they share their forbidden love. War breaks about and tears them apart but the fig tree remains to draw them back together, to remind their daughter of home and communicate their love. Publisher: Penguin Random House ISBN: 9780241988725
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Our Curators said...

Elif Shafak is not just one of literature’s greatest living writers, she’s probably one of the world’s best humans too: founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, women’s activist, LGBTQ+ activist, freedom of speech activist and twice TED Global speaker. She is a titan of humanity. All of this is to say that she has the hugest of hearts and it’s writ large on every page of this beautiful, stunning and transporting book. I loved every word, every feeling she evokes through the story. I’m excited for anyone who hasn’t yet encountered her work as they’re about to step into the most magical of worlds and feel the deepest of feelings. And for anyone already familiar with her work – yes, this really does stand among the best.

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What the Critics are Saying

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

Philippe Sands on 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

A rich, sensual novel... This is a novel that gives voice to the invisible, the untouchable, the abused and the damaged, weaving their painful songs into a thing of beauty.

Financial Times on 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

Elif Shafak's extraordinary 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World is a work of brutal beauty and consummate tenderness.

Simon Schama on 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World

One of the best writers in the world today.

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