The Forty Rules of Love

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From the writer 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.

Discover the forty rules of love…

Ella Rubinstein has a husband, three teenage children and a pleasant home. The whole lot that are meant to make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there’s an emptiness on 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 writer 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’ Day by day Telegraph

‘The past and present fit together beautifully in a passionate defence of passion itself’ The Times

Elif Shafak is the acclaimed writer of nine novels including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Architect’s Apprentice and Honour and is the most widely read female author in Turkey. Her work has been translated into more than forty languages and she contributes to a large number of international publications, including the New York Times, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, La Repubblica, Newsweek and Time magazine. She may be a public speaker working with The London Speaker Bureau and is a TED Global speaker. Elif Shafak has in the past 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.





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