Stevie Davies reviews
Women Who Blow On Knots
by Ece Temelkuran
(translated from Turkish by Alexander Dawe)
After a single chapter of Ece Temelkuran’s bestselling novel, I’d fallen in love. When you’re laughing and crying under a writer’s spell, and receiving these delicious aperçus that light up your inner world, and loving the characters, you’re doomed to go around buttonholing everyone you meet: ‘Let me tell you about this amazing Turkish writer.’ Temelkuran is perhaps the bravest writer we’ll ever read – the funniest, the maddest, the sanest, the most intelligent and the most original.Sign in to read more
Stevie Davies is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at Swansea University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Welsh Academy. Stevie has published widely in the fields of fiction, literary criticism, biography and popular history. The Element of Water (2001) was long-listed for the Booker and Orange Prizes and won the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year. Kith & Kin (2004) was short-listed for the Orange Prize.