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A rich, magical new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - now a top ten Sunday Times bestseller

It is 1974 on the island of Cyprus. Two teenagers, from opposite sides of a divided land, meet at a tavern in the city they both call home. The tavern is the only place that Kostas, who is Greek and Christian, and Defne, who is Turkish and Muslim, can meet, in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic, chilli peppers and wild herbs.

This is where one can find the best food in town, the best music, the best wine. But there is something else to the place: it makes one forget, even if for just a few hours, the world outside and its immoderate sorrows. In the centre of the tavern, growing through a cavity in the roof, is a fig tree.

This tree will witness their hushed, happy meetings, their silent, surreptitious departures; and the tree will be there when the war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to rubble, when the teenagers vanish and break apart. Decades later in north London, sixteen-year-old Ada Kazantzakis has never visited the island where her parents were born. Desperate for answers, she seeks to untangle years of secrets, separation and silence.

The only connection she has to the land of her ancestors is a Ficus Carica growing in the back garden of their home.

In The Island of Missing Trees, prizewinning author Elif Shafak brings us a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature, and, finally, renewal.

'What a wonderful read! This book moved me to tears... in the best way. Powerful and poignant' Reese Witherspoon

'A brilliant novel -- one that rings with Shafak's 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 Macfarlane

'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

'This is an enchanting, compassionate and wise novel and storytelling at its most sublime' Polly Samson

'A wise novel of love and grief, roots and branches, displacement and home, faith and belief. THE ISLAND OF MISSING TREES is balm for our bruised times' David Mitchell

'An outstanding work of breathtaking beauty' Lemn Sissay

'A writer of important, beautiful, painful, truthful novels' Marian Keyes

'Lovely heartbreaker of a novel centered on dark secrets of civil wars & evils of extremism: Cyprus, star-crossed lovers, killed beloveds, damaged kids. Uprootings. (One narrator is a fig tree!)' Margaret Atwood on Twitter

'Elif Shafak is a unique and powerful voice in world literature' Ian McEwan

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Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak nasceu em Estrasburgo, França, em 1971. É uma romancista turco-britânica, detentora de diversos prémios literários. É a autora mais lida na Turquia. Escreve em inglês e em turco, tendo já publicado dezassete livros, onze dos quais romances. A sua obra já foi traduzida em cinquenta línguas. Elif Shafak é doutorada em Ciências Políticas e lecionou em diversas universidades na Turquia, nos Estados Unidos e no Reino Unido, incluindo no St. Annes College, Universidade de Oxford, onde é fellow honorário. É membro do Conselho Global do Fórum Económico Mundial na Área de Economia Criativa e membro fundador do Conselho Europeu de Relações Externas (ECFR). Defensora dos direitos das mulheres, dos direitos dos LGBT e da liberdade de expressão, Elif Shafak é uma oradora pública inspiradora: participou duas vezes na plataforma global TED, tendo de ambas as vezes recebido uma ovação de pé. A autora escreve regularmente para muitas das maiores publicações mundiais e foi-lhe atribuído o título de Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres. Em 2017, foi escolhida pela Politico, uma organização de jornalismo político, como uma das doze pessoas que tornam o mundo melhor. Foi juiz de numerosos prémios literários e presidente do Wellcome Book Prize em 2019.

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