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Elif Shafak


Author, political scientist, activist and public speaker. Turkey's most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist with books published in more than 40 languages. Writes both in English and in Turkish. Has published 14 books, nine of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Honour, The Architect’s Apprentice and the genre-crossing memoir Black Milk. Blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the voices of women, minorities, subcultures, immigrants and global souls. Works draw on different cultures and cities, and reflect a strong interest in history, philosophy, culture, mysticism, Sufism and gender equality. Has written for major publications, including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Guardian, and other publications. Founding Member, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Recipient, Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, French Republic. Active on social media with more than 1.7 million followers.