Life Lessons with Elif Shafak: In Conversation with Tanya Byron
The book: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World is included in the ticket price.
The School of Life has always sought to emphasise the value of reading. When we read, we aren’t simply looking to be entertained. We’re seeking understanding: of distant times; faraway places; different perspectives; and above all, of our own minds. The best kind of book feels like it speaks to us directly, as though the author has somehow plucked thoughts from our head, shaped them into sentences, and laid them bare on the page, just for us. Reading helps us become a little better at being who we always were.
Elif Shafak is an award-winning author, professor, and acclaimed public speaker. Her 11 novels exploring the lives of women and families in Turkey and Britain have been translated into fifty languages and received universal acclaim. Her latest novel, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, is a meditation on death and memory: the story of one woman’s life recalled at the moment of her passing. It’s a testament of the power books can have to make sense out of the largest questions of existence and the outermost limits of human experience.