10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World, Elif Shafak



An intense story, very upsetting in places, set in a strongly realised modern Turkey, told at first in flashbacks by Tequila Leila, a dying sex worker who has just been murdered and then the narrative is taken up by her five closest friends. Although much of what happens in the novel is harsh and brutal, it’s a very hopeful story and its celebration of love and friendship will make your heart glow long after you’ve finished the novel.  Pre – order the paperback for it’s May release.