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10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in This Strange World


Elif Shafak

In collaboration with Appetite Book Club, this is our book club choice for October 2020.  Meeting via ZOOM on 28th October.  Please email for details

This is an intensely powerful and richly evocative novel shortlisted for the Booker Prize.  Elif Shafak was chosen by Politico as one of twelve people ‘who will give you a much-needed lift of the heart’.

In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila’s consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore…’For Leila, each minute after her death recalls a sensuous memory: spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the birth of a yearned-for son; bubbling vats of lemon and sugar to wax women’s legs while men are at prayer; the cardamom coffee she shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each fading memory brings back the friends she made in her bittersweet life – friends who are now desperately trying to find her…

Penguin paperback, £8.99

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