Book of the Month – February 2019

Elif Shafak book Three Daughters of Eve

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

On a spring evening in Istanbul, Peri is on her way to a dinner party – a night of luxury a far cry from her upbringing. But when her handbag is stolen her world shifts violently. She starts to doubt how she got here: a traumatic Istanbul childhood, student years in Oxford, the rebellious professor who led her and best friends Shirin and Mona to question everything – Islam, love, life, even God – and the scandal that tore them all apart. Over one desperate night she tries to make sense of a past she has tried to forget – but can we ever escape who we once were?

Confirming Shafak's status as one of the world’s greatest novelists, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal.

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Watch Elif Shafak speaking about Three Daughters of Eve at Hay Festival 2017

Further reading...

Elif Shafak on mixing faith and doubt (2017)

A rich journey into romance and religion (2017)

Why the novel matters in the age of anger (2018)

Travels of a linguistic nomad (2018)

About the author

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. She is known as a women's rights, minority rights and LGBT rights advocate. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 16 books, 10 of which are novels. Her books have been published in 48 languages. Shafak is a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy in Davos and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). She was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2010 by the French government.

Through the years she has appeared at multiple Hay Festival editions around the world. Explore highlights over on Hay Player now.

Elif Shafak, photo by Liam Webb
Elif Shafak, photo by Sam Hardwick

About Hay Festival's Book of the Month

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