Deborah Levy and Elif Shafak: Hot Fiction
Chair: Gaby Wood
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk explores the strange and sometimes monstrous nature of womanhood through the opposing figures of mother and daughter. Dreamlike and utterly compulsive, this is a delirious fairy tale of feminine potency, a story both modern and timeless.
In Three Daughters of Eve, celebrated author Elif Shafak takes us from Istanbul to Oxford University and home again, tracing the relationship between childhood friends Peri, Shirin and Mona, re-visiting their divergent visions of Islam, femininity and God to confront the scandal that tore them apart. Gaby Wood is Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation.
Deborah Levy is a British playwright, novelist and poet. She is the author of five previous novels, including Swimming Home, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize 2012. She is also the author of a collection of short stories, Black Vodka, which was shortlisted for the BBC International Short Story Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. She has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC.
Elif Shafak, photo by Zeynel Abidin
Elif Shafak is the acclaimed author of nine novels including The Bastard of Istanbul and Honour, and is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her work has been translated into over 40 languages and she regularly contributes to publications including The New York Times, the Guardian and Time magazine. She lives in London.
Gaby Wood is Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation. She writes for The Telegraph - where she was Head of Books - and is a former writer for the Observer. She is the author of a short work of non-fiction, The Smallest of All Persons Mentioned in the Records of Littleness and Living Dolls.