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Kamila Shamsie

Pakistan (b.1973)

Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Pakistan. Her first novel In the City By the Sea, was published in 1998 and shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys / Mail on Sunday Prize. In 1999 she also received the Award for Literature in Pakistan and published her second novel Salt and Saffron to critical acclaim. Kamila lives in London and Karachi.

Genres: Horror, Literary Fiction
Non fiction
   Offence (2009)
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2009) : Burnt Shadows
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2015) : A God in Every Stone
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2015) : A God in Every Stone
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2017) : Home Fire
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2018) : Home Fire

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Ten Days (2016)
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Leila (2017)
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The Windfall (2017)
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Peach (2018)
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Apeirogon (2020)
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Hamnet (2020)
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We Are Not in The World (2020)
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Hades, Argentina (2021)
Daniel Loedel
"A remarkable novel, as imaginatively bold as it is morally complex. It will stay with me for a very long time."
The Startup Wife (2021)
Tahmima Anam
"Fresh, funny, brave, savage, smart."

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