Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie wins UKs Womens Prize for Fiction 2018

Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie wins UKs Womens Prize for Fiction 2018

Pakistani-British writer Kamila Shamsie has won the global Women's Prize for Fiction with Home Fire, a novel about love, radicalism and conflicting loyalties in the post-9/11 era.

Chair of the judges Sarah Sands said the panel "chose the book which we felt spoke for our times". Home Fire, published by Bloomsbury, is a modern retelling of Sophocles' Greek tragedy Antigone. "It is a remarkable book which we passionately recommend".

The other shortlisted books included The Idiot by Elif Batuman, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar, Sight by Jessie Greengrass, When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy and Sing, Unburied, Sing bu Jesmyn Ward. The story revolves around three British-Pakistani siblings Isma, Aneeka and their brother Parvaiz- and how their lives change when one of them leaves for Syria to join the ISIS.

As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to - or defy.

British-Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie has won the worldwide Women's Prize for Fiction with "Home Fire", a novel about love, radicalism and conflicting loyalties in the post-9/11 era. "It was extremely hard, because of the richness and variety of the shortlist - imagine how you compare the experience of race in America versus courtesans and mermaids". Home Fire was also longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker prize.

"Shamsie is amusing and exact about the Muslim experience, what it means to be challenged on your identity, what it means choosing between public and private ..."

Shamsie's work has been shortlisted for the annual prize, which is open to English-language fiction by women from around the world, twice before.

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