Viking to publish Shafak's 'magical' new novel

Viking to publish Shafak's 'magical' new novel

Viking will publish award-winning writer Elif Shafak's “rich, magical” new novel The Island of Missing Trees in August.

The publisher acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown, for publication on 5th August 2021 in hardback, trade paperback, audio and e-book.

The novel follows the secret love affair between a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot on the island in 1974, before war breaks out, and their teenage daughter’s reckoning with the legacy of family trauma decades later, in present-day London. 

“With The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak weaves an unforgettable tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal,” the publisher said.

Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist whose work has been translated into 54 languages. The author of 19 books, 12 of which are novels, she is a bestselling author in many countries around the world. Her most recent novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World (Penguin) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize, longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award and chosen as Blackwell’s Book of the Year. Her previous novel, The Forty Rules of Love (Penguin) was chosen by the BBC as one of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World.

Mary Mount, publisher at Viking, said: “It is incredibly exciting to have a new novel from Elif Shafak. I think this may be her best yet! The Island of Missing Trees is a remarkable book: at once a beautiful meditation on the relationship between man and the natural world; a vital story of a terrible conflict and, at its heart, a portrait of a profoundly moving relationship. We’re thrilled to share this masterful new novel with Elif’s many fans across the globe.”

Commissioning editor Isabel Wall said: “Elif Shafak writes beautifully about love and conflict, history and identity. The Island of Missing Trees is an incredibly moving, thoughtful, absorbing novel and we can’t wait for readers to fall in love with it.”