The Island of Missing Trees (Paperback)
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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 07/04/2022
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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.

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2021

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: 9780241988725
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 259 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


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“A Beautiful Story- Favourite Book This Year”

This is a beautiful book. Crafted with details that emotionally pull you into the lives of Defne, Kostas and Ad and the tragedies within Cyprus between the Greek and Turkish communities. This is story that is told in... More

Hardback edition
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“Gripping family saga”

I loved this family saga set in Cyprus during the 1970s partition and in present day London. I did feel the fig tree who narrated part of the book was maybe a little too omniscient and knowledgeable about human... More

Hardback edition
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“An atmospheric multi-generational novel with a (brilliant) fig tree narrator”

The Island of Missing Trees is an atmospheric novel that is split across a number of POVs and timelines, the most interesting of which is the narration of a fig tree that has lived since before our earliest timeline... More

Hardback edition
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