About the Artist
Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels, including: In the City by the Sea (1998); Broken Verses (2005), Burnt Shadows (2009) and A God in Every Stone (2014), which was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan’s Academy of Letters. Kamila Shamsie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist in 2013.
Kamila’s latest novel, Home Fire was published in 2017. A stunning re-working of Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, Home Fire has received universal critical acclaim: As well as being included in nearly all ‘Books of the Year’ lists, the novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award, and won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018.
She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.
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“Occasionally you know that one of the writers alive at the same time as you has written the book they were born to write … Home Fire has lit a light that’ll never go out; Shamsie’s version of Antigone reveals the ancient tragedy we’re living now” – Ali Smith, Guardian, Books of the Year
“Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read in a novel this century … There is high, high music in the air at the end of Home Fire” – New York Times
“Home Fire blazes with the kind of annihilating devastation that transcends grief” – Washington Post