Elif Shafak is one of today’s most influential international writers and intellectuals who straddles East and West. She is the acclaimed author of ten novels including The Architect’s Apprentice, The Bastard of Istanbul and most recently Three Daughters of Eve (Penguin, February 2017) and is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her work has been translated into over forty languages and she has been awarded the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. She is also a cultural commentator, a political scientist and an inspirational public speaker.
Commenting on the 2017 Award, Elif said: “It is an immense pleasure and privilege to join the judging panel of The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award. This is a very special and truly uplifting award for writers at a relatively early stage of their long literary journeys. What a joy will it be to discover, accompany and celebrate the most amazing young talents who will shape the future of world literature.”