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2019 Programme

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Lighthouse events start at 1.00pm and last for 30 minutes

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10 Minutes And 38 Seconds In This Strange World

  • LIGHTHOUSE - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop 43-45 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 9DB United Kingdom (map)

with author Elif Shafak

Award-winning writer and human rights activist Elif Shafak comes to Lighthouse to discuss her new book, 10 minutes and 38 Seconds In This Strange World. 

The brain stays active for ten minutes after the heart stops. Tequila Leila, consciousness slowly leaving her, remembers another part of her life with each passing minute: her childhood in a quiet Turkish town, running away to Istanbul to escape an unwanted marriage, falling in love with a boy who sought cover in the brothel in which she works - and her five best friends who in these moments are all desperately searching for her.

ten minutes

Featured Book

Ten Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak (Viking, 2019)