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Win signed first editions of Elif Shafak's new novel Honour

Elif Shafak is the best-selling female author in Turkey and the winner of numerous literary awards both there and abroad. In the UK she has twice been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and also longlisted once for the Orange Prize. She has been translated into more than 30 languages and novels such as The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Honour by Elif ShafakHer latest novel is Honour (published as Iskender in Turkey): twin sisters Pembe and Jamila are born near the Euphrates in 1945, but their fates are to be very different. Jamila remains in the place where she was born, a valued herbalist, while Pembe emigrates to London with her husband, Adem.

But with her husband distracted by the allure of gambling an an exotic eastern European dancer, the isolated Pembe eventually embarks on a cautious affair with Elias, a man whose complex ethnic background allows him to be accepting of cultural differences.

When their eldest son, Iskender, learns of this, he feel he has no choice but to step into the patriarchal role his father seems to have abandoned and must tackle his mother's shame as tradition demands.

Courtsey of the publisher, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books, we have three signed first editions to give away. For your chance to win, just answer the question below.

CLOSING DATE: MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY 6TH MAY 2012

Read our exclusive interview with Elif, in which she discusses the tumultuous 1970s, the different possibilities afforded by writing in two languages and how the problem of honour killings is more than just an Islamic issue

 

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