The Island of Missing Trees: Signed Edition (Hardback)
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The Island of Missing Trees: Signed Edition (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 05/08/2021

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From the author of The Architect's Apprentice comes a bittersweet tale of star-crossed love and the legacy of secrecy on future generations, played out in a vividly evoked island setting.

Signed Edition

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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: 2928377053710
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 750 g
Dimensions: 204 x 132 x 40 mm

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“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 the important mentioning of how war and actions of humans... More

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“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 complex relationships between a grieving father and daughter, as... More

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“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 distinctive novel. Both teenagers, Kostas who is Greek and Defne... More

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