Award-winning novelist and most-read woman writer in Turkey. Writes in both English and Turkish; has published 12 books, eight of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Honour and Black Milk. Books have been translated into more than 39 languages. Political commentator. Regular contributor to major newspapers in Turkey, and several international daily and weekly publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, Time and Newsweek. TED Global speaker. Member, Global Agenda Council on The Role of Arts in Society, World Economic Forum. Founding Member, European Council on Foreign Relations. Recipient, honours and awards including Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (2010).