Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Critics have named her as ‘one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Turkish and world literature’. Her work draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, as well as deep interest in history, philosophy, Sufism, oral culture, and cultural politics. Shafak’s writing breaks down categories, clichés, and cultural ghettoes. She also has a keen eye for black humour.