The Island of Missing Trees


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Bloomsbury Publishing
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6.52 X 9.61 X 1.25 inches | 1.51 pounds

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About the Author

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels. Her work has been translated into 55 languages. Her latest novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; and chosen as Blackwell's Book of the Year. Her previous novel, The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by BBC among 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. Shafak has been conferred Doctor of Humane Letters by Bard College in 2021. Shafak holds a PhD in political science, and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice TED Global speaker; she contributes to major publications around the world and she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


"A wise novel of love and grief, roots and branches, displacement and home, faith and belief. Balm for our bruised times." --David Mitchell, author of UTOPIA AVENUE

"Trees, here, grow through the lives of these unforgettable characters, becoming bearers of memory, makers of metaphor and witnesses to atrocity. Shafak has written a brilliant novel - one that rings with her characteristic compassion for the overlooked and the under-loved, for those whom history has exiled, excluded or separated. I know it will move many readers around the world, as it moved me." --Robert McFarlane, author of UNDERLAND

"This is an enchanting, compassionate and wise novel and storytelling at its most sublime. Though rooted in bloody atrocity it sings to all the senses." --Polly Samson, author of A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS

"A wonderfully transporting and magical novel that is, at the same time, revelatory about recent history and the natural world and quietly profound." --William Boyd, author of TRIO

"An excruciatingly tender love story that transcends cultures, generations and, most remarkably, species. A transformational book about our arboreal relatives, to be cherished and savoured." --Naomi Klein, author of ON FIRE

"A beautiful and magical tale infused with love. Stunning." --Ruth Jones, author of US THREE

"At once intimate in tone and ambitious in its reach, The Island of Missing Trees is a novel that moves with the urgency of a mystery as it uncovers the story of lovers divided first by war and then, after they are reunited and have a child, by that same war's enduring psychic wounds. But there is tenderness and humor in this tale, too, and the intense readerly pleasures of a narrative that dances from the insights of ecological science to Greek myth and finally to their surprising merger in what might be called-natural magic." --Siri Hustvedt, author of MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE

"A beautiful novel about the broken island of Cyprus and its wounded and scarred inhabitants, The Island of Missing Trees teaches us that brokenness can only be healed by love." --Bernhard Schlink, author of OLGA

"An outstanding work of breathtaking beauty." --Lemn Sissay Obe

"Shafak makes a new home for us in words." --Colum McCann

"One of the best writers in the world today." --Hanif Kureish

"A work of brutal beauty and consummate tenderness." --Simon Schama, on 10 MINUTES 38 SECONDS IN THIS STRANGE WORLD