Ece Temelkuran is an award-winning Turkish novelist and political commentator, whose journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Der Spiegel. She won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book award for her novel Women Who Blow on Knots, and the Ambassador of New Europe Award. She has been twice recognised as Turkey's most-read political columnist, and twice rated as one of the ten most influential people in social media (with three million twitter followers).
'Highly readable and vibrates with outrage' The Times, Hannah Lucinda Smith
'A brilliant analysis of how democracy can be starved to death. It's one of the most important books anyone could read at the moment, when public institutions are slowly being corrupted wherever we look' Philip Pullman
'Temelkuran, a treasure of a novelist, turns a nonfiction eye to
the burning topic of today: populism. Vivid, visionary,
terrifyingly familiar, How To Lose A Country is
essential reading for everyone on planet Earth'
Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Less
'May be the most important political book you read in 2019 ... Her tone is brave, deeply personal, witty, honest and melancholic in its delivery, with the writer's style leaning more toward emotional humanism than cold-blooded rational political science' The Globe and Mail
'This is a keenly observed and passionately written book.
Read it or be prepared to lose your country'
'The opponents of authoritarian populist and nationalist regimes have often failed to foresee or effectively resist their rise until it was too late. This highly informed and original book is essential reading for anybody who wants to understand the forces that are convulsing our world' Patrick Cockburn, author of Rise of the Islamic State
'Ece Temelkuran is a passionate authentic voice whose fearless
stand against authoritarian incursion is inspiring. She writes with
an urgent conviction that has never been more important than now'
'An important, current and, most importantly, very readable book about the populist playbook and how it threatens to engulf us all' Rick O'Shea
'A stunning, sane and intimate chronicle of a world gone nuts. An urgent whisper in our ears about our modern dictators and their collaborators. Ece has looked them in the eye, and is now telling us we need talk' Mohammed Hanif