World Book Club

BBC World Service

Society & Culture, Personal Journals

Chart Positions

Personal Journals 40

World Book Club invites the globe's great authors to discuss their best known novel. Presented by Harriett Gilbert, includes questions from World Service listeners.


Elif Shafak - The Forty Rules of Love

September 12th, 2007

Episode 166 of 338 episodes

This month we’re talking to one of Turkey’s foremost writers Elif Shafak. She’s answering your questions about her bestselling novel The Forty Rules of Love, an investigation into love, mysticism and the life of the famed Sufi poet Rumi. Crossing continents and centuries two parallel love stories unfold and lives are turned upside down: Ella, an unhappily married modern day American housewife falls for a mysterious email correspondent and Rumi, the 13th Century mystic encounters his spiritual mentor, the wandering dervish, Shams of Tabriz. Photo: Mychele Daniau/AFP/Getty Images.

Featured Podcast