This is Shafak's most ambitious novel yet, and it is her best - told with a generous humanity that will surely realign attitudes both to the imaginative possibilities of fiction and to the constructed reality of the world around us.
The Independent on The Architect's Apprentice
A novel that crosses the bound of time, culture and belief.
I|AM Modern on The Forty Rules of Love
The characters in The Bastard of Istanbul are so alive they leap off the page to sit beside you on the couch. What women!... This is the rare family saga that understands the value of both modernity and tradition.
on The Bastard of Istanbul