It is heartening to know that the culture of reading isn’t completely dead. When books become the talk of the town for all the right reasons, it’s a victory in itself. On that note, we’re delighted and proud that Pakistani-British writer Kamila Shamsie has won the international Women’s Prize for Fiction for her 2017 book Home Fire.
Home Fire marks as Kamila’s seventh work of prose and tells the story of a woman, a young Londoner, who falls in love with the son of a powerful British Muslim politician whilst her brother is drawn to Jihadism.
Along with the award, Kamila received a £30,000 prize and the ‘Bessie’, a limited edition bronze figurine.
Journalist Sarah Sands, who chaired the judging panel, called it a story of identity, conflicting loyalties, love and politics that “spoke for our times.”
Kamila beat other US authors in the competition. Her work has been shortlisted for the annual prize, twice before and has bagged multiple awards and won accolades for her work.