Fiction 2018: Pakistani Kamila Shamsie wins Women Prize for ‘Home Fire’

According to the report published in The Guardian, Kamila Shamsie has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 for her seventh novel Home Fire.


Home Fire is a contemporary re-imagining of the Greek tragedy Antigonethat follows three orphaned siblings, elder sister Isma and twins Aneeka and Parvaiz, as the latter leaves them to work for Isis. When the son of the British-Muslim home secretary enters their lives, Aneeka hopes to use him to save her missing brother.

When announcing Home Fire as winner of the award, chair of judges Sarah Sands said the panel “chose the book which we felt spoke for our times … Home Fire is about identity, conflicting loyalties, love and politics. And it sustains mastery of its themes and its form. It is a remarkable book which we passionately recommend.”

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to what judges consider the best novel of the year written in English by a female author, according to the BBC. Previous winners of the prize include Zadie Smith, Ali SMITH and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The winning author receives £30,000 in prize money and a Bessie – a limited edition bronze figurine.


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