The Island of Missing Trees

The Island of Missing Trees

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 07/04/2022
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The Island of Missing Trees
Absolutely stunning!
I can’t quite put into words just how beautiful this book is. I was hooked from the very first page and instantly fell in love with the characters. I love... READ MORE
Sarah B
The Island of Missing Trees
One of the most unique and beautiful stories I have EVER read!
Following Kostas and Defne during the Turkish and Greek war we witness their blossoming love, discriminations due their nationality and their journey growi... READ MORE
Léa at Brighton
The Island of Missing Trees
"...if it's love you're after, or love you have lost, come to the fig..."
"You don't fall in love in Cyprus in the summer of 1974...And yet there they were, the two of them." The story starts with Ada, a lonely teenager in Londo... READ MORE
Selena, Guildford
The Island of Missing Trees
stunning
SO DELIGHTFUL Shafak has such a cosy, comforting style which caught me at the perfect time. I thought the fig tree perspective was pretty great and so usef... READ MORE
Benny Duverge-Pryce
The Island of Missing Trees
A beautiful and heart-wrenching book that you just can't put down
I loved this from the third page in!
Lucy from Scarborough
The Island of Missing Trees
Beautiful!
The Island of Missing Trees is a very poetically written story of pain, heartbreak, and beauty within nature about an unrooted family and their buried fig ... READ MORE
Victoria at Aviemore
The Island of Missing Trees
My go-to fictiona recommendation
Set across two generations, from 1970s Cyprus to modern-day London, this is a story of love, family, grief and resilience, displacement and division, but m... READ MORE
Katherine Edwards

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2021 Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home. The taverna is the only place that Kostas and Defne can meet in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic and chilli peppers, creeping honeysuckle, and in the centre, growing through a cavity in the roof, a fig tree. The fig tree witnesses their hushed, happy meetings; their silent, surreptitious departures. The fig tree is there, too, when war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to ashes and rubble, when the teenagers vanish. Decades later, Kostas returns - a botanist,looking for native species - looking, really, for Defne. The two lovers return to the taverna to take a clipping from the fig tree and smuggle it into their suitcase, bound for London. Years later, the fig tree in the garden is their daughter Ada's only knowledge of a home she has never visited, as she seeks to untangle years of secrets and silence, and find her place in the world. The Island of Missing Trees is a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241988725
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 260g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm

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The Island of Missing Trees
Unique and multilayered
The Island Of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak... In a little village in Cyprus1974, two teenagers become lovers. And this sets the central theme of this disti... READ MORE
david norman
The Island of Missing Trees
An interesting reminder of a forgotten problem
“The Island of Missing Trees” by Elif Shafak is a well written and descriptive novel of the forgotten problems of the island of Cyprus, where she uses a fi... READ MORE
Elaine Grae
The Island of Missing Trees
My favourite book of all time.
After I read 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World I thought there is no way Shafak can top this. Then I read Three Daughters of Eve and thought to m... READ MORE
James McKinley
The Island of Missing Trees
Beautifully written
This was great! Everything that 10 Minutes 8 Seconds in This Strange World did wrong, was done well here. Whereas that work felt a bit stunted besides its ... READ MORE
Goran Lowie
The Island of Missing Trees
A touch of magical realism
Young Ada has recently lost her mother Defne. Her father Kostas tries to make the best of it, but risks losing his connection with his daughter. Fortunatel... READ MORE
Elise Prins-Kleuskens
The Island of Missing Trees
Magical
A beautiful, wondrous, magical book - haunting, heartbreaking and brilliantly written.
Christine Williams
The Island of Missing Trees
Very Slow to Get Going
I got to about page 85 of this and was contemplating giving up as I didn’t feel that anything had really happened thus far. However, this had been recomme... READ MORE
Derek Duerden
The Island of Missing Trees
Misleading
I feel like the information here was wrong. Turkey did not invade Cyprus. Greek Terrorist group EOKA started a genocide and killed many Turkish Cypriots he... READ MORE
Semina Arslan
The Island of Missing Trees
Beautifully told and revealing
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters are believable and endearing. The book has some interesting facts about trees, insects and the history of Cyp... READ MORE
Emma Louise Meaden
The Island of Missing Trees
Beautiful
Such a wonderful book from one of my new favourite writers, such rich prose and delicate storytelling with fascinating characters. Always at the centre of ... READ MORE
Claire Estelle
The Island of Missing Trees
The Island of Missing Trees
The Island of MissingTrees by Elif Shafa is a look at Cyprus in 1974 and again in the 2000’s.The country was divided into Greek and Turkish sections and th... READ MORE
Christine Rennie
The Island of Missing Trees
One of the best books I’ve read
The unique use of a tree as a narrator was enough to get me stuck right in. I really struggled to put it down, as it felt truly magical. It explores the co... READ MORE
Michaela Kemp
The Island of Missing Trees
Beautiful, Enchanting Story
The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak is a beautiful, enchanting story. In 1974 Cyprus, two teenagers, Kostas and Defne fall in love on a divided isla... READ MORE
Lily Greenaway
The Island of Missing Trees
Spellbinding and hauntingly beautiful
I loved this spellbinding and hauntingly beautiful story of love, loss, grief and belonging. Cleverly incorporating ecological imperatives and peppered wit... READ MORE
Tamara  Devereux
The Island of Missing Trees
Glorious storytelling with a serious undertone
Three in one, for me this has been Shafak’s best so far. The novel talks of identity and of isolation, speaking to current issues around displaced persons... READ MORE
andrea millwood hargrave
The Island of Missing Trees
Beautiful!
I couldn’t put this book down and I finished it in a week! A must read book.
Sara Kahdim
The Island of Missing Trees
A really good read
This was a fascinating book with so many aspects. History, war, natural history and exile woven around a love story. I’ve recommended to so many people. .
sonia Dowse