Read an extract of The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk

The spellbinding new novel by Turkish Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk, author of My Name is Red, A Strangeness in My Mind and Snow.

On the outskirts of a town thirty miles from Istanbul, a master well-digger and his young apprentice are hired to find water on a barren plain. As they struggle in the summer heat, the two develop a father/son bond that neither has known before. But in the nearby town, where they spend their evenings, the boy will find an irresistible diversion.

Described by the Observer as ‘an extraordinary piece of writing’ and by 1843 as ‘quietly beautiful’. Read two chapters from the fable-like novel below.

Out now in paperback.