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Elif Shafak

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The Island of Missing Trees | Elif Shafak

TED Talks Daily

"From populist demagogues, we will learn the indispensability of democracy," says novelist Elif Shafak. "From isolationists, we will learn the need for global solidarity. And from tribalists, we will learn the beauty of cosmopolitanism." A native of Turkey, she has experienced firsthand the devastation that a loss of diversity can bring -- and she knows the revolutionary power of plurality in response to authoritarianism. In this passionate, personal talk, she reminds us that there are no binaries, in politics, emotions and our identities. After the talk, stick around to hear a conversation between Elise and Elif about her new novel, "The Island of Missing Trees," an intergenerational story about forbidden love. Elise and Elif discuss how fiction creates empathy and how to avoid "falling into the trap of tribalism," even when the world might push us that way. This episode is part of the TED Talks Daily summer book club, a series featuring talks and interviews to inspire your next great read.


8 Aug 2022

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Tanvi reads Elif Shafak

women read

Name: Tanvi Reading: The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak Why did you want to read this? This book struck that evasive balance between the past and the present. It combines the ambition for a bright future with the yearning for a past we cannot seem to leave behind. It's told through the eyes of characters who are as captivating as they are diverse. It moved me to tears and then took me to new heights of joy. I just wanted to share this bittersweet experience with as many people as I could. How did you record yourself? I recorded this at my study table with my garden behind me, which is fitting for the nature of this book. Once you read it, I hope you will see why this was true for me.


3 Aug 2022

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The forty rules of love by Elif Shafak

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4hr 21mins

9 Apr 2022

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Honour by Elif Shafak

1001 Books


2hr 14mins

21 Mar 2022

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AWW22 The Island of Missing Trees - Elif Shafak

Adelaide Writers' Week

Chaired by Michael Williams. In best-selling author Elif Shafak’s The Island of Missing Trees, star-crossed lovers Greek Christian Kostas and Turkish Muslim Defne navigate the violence of the partition of Cyprus to eventually find safety in London. Elif’s last novel, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, was short-listed for the Booker Prize. This stunningly original follow-up is a beautifully crafted story of love, loss and belonging, infused with the humanity and heart that is the hallmark of Elif’s acclaimed writings. Co-presented by The Wheeler Centre.


6 Mar 2022

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The stories we tell, with Elif Shafak

FT Weekend

This week we bring you one of the most popular episodes from our archive: a conversation with Elif Shafak, the most widely read woman novelist in Turkey. She and Lilah discuss national identity, the generational pain of conflict, and writing in countries that don't have freedom of speech. This conversation feels especially poignant today, as the war in Ukraine becomes even more devastating. This episode also features columnist Enuma Okoro on loving our cities, and economist Tim Harford on feeling less pressure to get everything done.We’ll be back with a new episode, on the cultural side of the war in Ukraine, next week.--------------We love hearing from you. Email us at ftweekendpodcast@ft.com. We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod, and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap. --------------Special offers for FT Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast--------------Links from the episode:––Key coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read: https://www.ft.com/freetoread. You can also keep up with FT coverage by following @financialtimes on Instagram and Twitter.—Enuma Okoro’s love letter to New York City: https://www.ft.com/content/e2507d84-9a12-4755-a9c7-41c9ea116947—Lilah’s piece about visiting Armenia: https://www.ft.com/content/2e2f38b0-e7a1-11e8-8a85-04b8afea6ea3 —Review of Elif Shafak’s novel, The Island of Missing Trees: https://www.ft.com/content/1a064a06-bd19-43c7-8237-38931853d0e2 —Tim Harford on to-do lists: https://www.ft.com/content/06ffe40d-fdcc-4be8-b536-810cedce7ed1 —Oliver Burkeman on how not to waste your life (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/dd0d477b-c1f7-4d74-af68-c1ef1692566c--------------The first US FT Weekend Festival is on Saturday, May 7 in Washington, DC. To attend virtually or in person, buy tickets at http://ft.weekendfestival.com – use the discount code FTFriends2022 for 10% off.--------------Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


5 Mar 2022

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Cele trei fiice ale Evei. De Elif Shafak

1001 Books

Trei studente la Oxford - Peri, Shirin si Mona - pasesc intr-o noua realitate, unde identitatea lor musulmana este privita cu suspiciune. (the times literary supplement)

5hr 39mins

9 Feb 2022

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Sipping the First Chapter of The Island of Missing Trees, by Elif Shafak

You've Got Five Pages...To Tell Me It's Good

A new year means new reads! Let's spend the winter wrapped up in New Releases available through the local library. Will The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak warm up our imaginations? Let's take a sip and find out!


19 Jan 2022

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#125: Elif Shafak, novelist

Always Take Notes

Rachel and Simon speak with award-winning novelist Elif Shafak. The author of 12 novels and 7 works of non-fiction, her work has been translated into 55 languages. "The Forty Rules of Love" (2009) was chosen by the BBC as one of 100 novels that have shaped the world; "10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World" was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the RSL Ondaatje Prize in 2019; her latest novel, "The Island of Missing Trees", was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards in 2021 and chosen for Reese Witherspoon's influential book club in November. We spoke to Elif about writing in both Turkish and English, "The Bastard of Istanbul" and the accusation that she had "insulted Turkishness" and why heavy metal is the perfect music to write to. This episode is sponsored by Writing Magazine, who are offering our podcast listeners 20% off any of their courses throughout the whole of December and January. To claim your discount, simply email: writingcourses@warnersgroup.co.uk with the code PODCAST20 and the course you’d like to enrol on. For full course details, visit their website: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/writing-courses You can find us online at alwaystakenotes.com, on Twitter @takenotesalways, on Instagram @alwaystakenotes, and on Facebook at facebook.com/alwaystakenotes. Our crowdfunding page is patreon.com/alwaystakenotes. Always Take Notes is presented by Simon Akam and Rachel Lloyd, and produced by Artemis Irvine. Our music is by Jessica Dannheisser and our logo was designed by James Edgar.


11 Jan 2022

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Little Atoms 712 - Elif Shafak's The Island of Missing Trees

Little Atoms

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist whose work has been translated into 54 languages. Shafak's last novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize. She talks to Neil about her latest novel The Island of Missing Trees, set in Cyprus during the partition and contemporary London, and featuring a rather unusual narrator. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


6 Sep 2021