The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
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From the author of The Architect's Apprentice and Honour, The Forty Rules of Love is Elif Shafak's compelling and profound novel following Ella Rubinstein on a journey of self-discovery, examining life and love through Sufi mysticism.
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Ella Rubinstein has a husband, three teenage children and a pleasant home. Everything that should make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ella's life - an emptiness once filled by love.
So when Ella reads a manuscript about the thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz and his forty rules of life and love, her world is turned upside down. She embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author of this work.
It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, taking Ella and us into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored.
'Enlightening, enthralling. An affecting paean to faith and love' Metro
'Colourfully woven and beguilingly intelligent' Daily Telegraph
'The past and present fit together beautifully in a passionate defence of passion itself' The Times
Elif Shafak is the acclaimed author of nine novels including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Architect's Apprentice and Honour and is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her work has been translated into more than forty languages and she contributes to numerous international publications, including the New York Times, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, La Repubblica, Newsweek and Time magazine. She is also a public speaker working with The London Speaker Bureau and is a TED Global speaker. Elif Shafak has previously been longlisted for the Orange Prize, the Baileys Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award and shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She is based in London with her two children.