10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

Ranked #3 in Turkey, Ranked #6 in Turkish

An intensely powerful new novel from the best-selling author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Honour

'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away...'

For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight...

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Nicola Sturgeon This is the book I’m most looking forward to over the next few weeks. ⁦@Elif_Safak⁩ is one of my favourite contemporary writers and this is a brilliant review in @FT - “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World - lush, rich, lucid” https://t.co/jNww8EtC7e (Source)

Jonny Geller This beautiful book by the inspiring Elif Shafak is published today. Please: Buy it. Read it. Recommend it. You won’t regret it! https://t.co/UgATb1Ihre (Source)

Peter Florence I’m intrigued by the fact that this is a second or third language; she seems to have absolute control of the poetry, and at the same time the ability to conjure characters who, in a way, absolutely don’t feel at all like characters. They feel like people. It’s a great trick of fiction, and she does it beautifully. (Source)

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