Honour, By Elif Shafak

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The first chapter of this novel begins with a daughter in mourning, and develops into an intricate story of an honour killing.

We follow three generations of Turkish-Kurds as Shafak weaves her narrative twists, and combines times, places and linguistic inflections with extraordinary dexterity, from 1950s working-class Istanbul to 1970s Hackney and then Shrewsbury prison, 20 years later.

This is a powerful tale of cross-cultural lives, motherhood, male violence and cycles of rage and revenge.