Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 18 books that have been translated into 55 languages. Her latest novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize. The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by BBC among 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne’s College, Oxford where she is an honorary fellow. Shafak is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature, and she is a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). In 2010 she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. An advocate for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and freedom of speech, she was chosen by Politico in 2017 as one of the 12 people “who will give you a much needed lift of the heart”. Shafak has judged numerous literary prizes and chaired the Wellcome Prize and is presently judging the PEN Nabokov Prize.