Elif Shafak

Honour, 2012 Longlist

Photo Credit: Gokhan Celem

Elif Shafak is one of Turkey’s leading novelists.  She has been translated into more than thirty languages and sold over 600,000 copies of The Forty Rules of Love.  She is the recipient of several prestigious international honours and awards, including the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.  She has been long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction and the IMPAC Dublin Award and won the Maria Grazia Cutuli Award.

A powerful novel set in Turkey and London in the 1970s, Honour explores pain and loss, loyalty and betrayal, the trials of the immigrant, the clash of tradition and modernity, as well as the love and heartbreak that too often tears families apart.

Leaving her twin sister behind, Pembe leaves Turkey for love - following her husband Adem to London. There the Topraks hope to make new lives for themselves and their children. Yet, no matter how far they travel, the traditions and beliefs the Topraks left behind stay with them - carried in the blood.

Their eldest is the boy Iskender, who remembers Turkey and feels betrayal deeper than most. His sister is Esma, who is loyal and true despite the pain and heartache. And, lastly, Yunus, who was born in London, and is shy and different.

Trapped by the mistakes of the past, the Toprak children find their lives shattered and transformed by a brutal act of murder…


Viking, Penguin Books

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