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An evening with Elif Shafak

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Booker-nominated author and activist Elif Shafak will be joining us to introduce her new novel, The Island of Missing Trees.

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Set in 1974, the novel follows Greek Christian Kostas and Turkish Muslim Defne. From opposite sides of the divided island of Cyprus, they meet in secret in the city they both call home. There, a fig tree bears witness to their hushed and happy love - until the capital is reduced to rubble and the two teenagers break apart. Decades later in London, 16-year-old Ada Kazantzakis seeks answers about her parents, and the island on which they were born.

Shafak’s latest book is a rich and magical tale of love, identity and belonging. An outspoken critic of Turkey, as well as a passionate advocate for women’s rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Shafak frequently writes about global politics. She will be in conversation with the Guardian's Claire Armitstead, and will be answering some of your questions at this livestreamed event.

Running time: 60 minutes

If you live in the United Kingdom, you can purchase a ticket with a copy of The Island of Missing Trees at checkout for the special combined price of £17 including postage and packing (RRP £14.99).

Books will be dispatched on 5 August 2021. However, please note that in the current circumstances, some books may be delayed. If we experience any delay in getting your copy to you, we will contact you by email to let you know.

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