Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. Grown up between France, Turkey, Spain, Jordan and Germany, she received a PhD in political science, taught at universities across Turkey, the UK and the US, and is an honorary fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford. She has published novels as well as nonfiction, and her work has been translated into over fifty languages. She is also an advocate for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and freedom of expression, and is a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations).
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On Writing The Architect’s Apprentice
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The Architect’s Apprentice
Set in 16th century Istanbul, the novel follows the adventures of a boy of humble origins who arrives in the city with a wonderful gift for the sultan, a rare white elephant. On the back of his loyal companion, the boy will venture on a journey to the furthest corners of the kingdom, where the fortuitous encounter with Sinan, the royal architect, will change his life.Read more