Elif Safak is a Turkish speaker, columnist, and author that has earned the title of most popular female novelist in Turkey. Safak is the daughter of diplomat Safak Atayman and philosopher Nuri Bilgin. Her parents separated when she was little, and she was for the most part brought up by her mother, which had a significant influence on her later writing and work. As a child raised in a single parent household she felt more affinity to her mother, and hence she took up her mother’s first name Safak as a middle name in many of her works.

Books in order of publication:

Standalone Novels

The Flea Palace(2004) 
The Saint of Incipient Insanities(2004) 
The Gaze(2006) 
The Bastard of Istanbul(2007) 
The Forty Rules of Love(2010) 
Honour(2012) 
The Architect’s Apprentice(2014) 
Three Daughters of Eve(2016) 

Non-Fiction Books

Black Milk(2011) 
The Happiness of Blond People(2011)