Ece is one of Turkey’s best-known novelists and political commentators, and has also been published in the Guardian, New York Times, New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Der Spiegel.
During her twenty-year career as a journalist, and before she lost her job due to political oppression, she was twice recognized as Turkey’s most read political columnist, and twice rated as one of the ten most influential people in social media. Originally educated as a lawyer, she gave the Freedom Lecture as a guest of Amnesty International and Prince Claus Foundation. She has also given speeches at Oxford, London School of Economics, Harvard University and the House of Commons. More recently she has appeared on the BBC’s Imagining the New Truth series.
She has lived in Lebanon, Tunisia and France, and was a visiting fellow at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. Her books have been published in nineteen countries. Her most recent novels are Women Who Blow on Knots - publishers include Parthian Books (UK), Hoffmann und Campe (Germany), Editions Jean-Claude Lattes (France), Spider & Fish (Italy) and Rod & Co (Denmark) - and The Time of Mute Swans - publishers include Skyhorse Publishing (US), Hoffmann und Campe (Germany) and Rod & Co (Denmark).
Ece also wrote a non-fiction book titled Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy - publishers include Zed Books (UK), Hoffmann und Campe (Germany), Horizon Books (China), Walkers Cultural Enterprise (Taiwan), Ksiazkowe Klimaty (Poland) and Corint (Romania).
4th Estate will publish Ece Temelkuran’s new book, How to Lose a Country: The Seven Warning Signs of Rising Populism, which dissects the global rise of populism and the downfall of democracy, in the UK on 7th February 2019.
Ece Temelkuran is represented by Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd.