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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: Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Horror, Mystery
New Books
March 2023

Series contributed to
Non fiction
   Offence (2009)
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2009) : Burnt Shadows
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel 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
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2015) : A God in Every Stone
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2017) : Home Fire
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2018) : Home Fire
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel winner (2018) : Home Fire
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book nominee (2019) : Home Fire

Kamila Shamsie recommends
Ten Days (2016)
Gillian Slovo
"An extraordinary novel-a page-turner thick with greed, ambition, love and secrets."
The Windfall (2017)
Diksha Basu
"A complete joy from start to finish."
Peach (2018)
Emma Glass
"Choose wisely the moment when you pick up Peach, because once you do you'll be unable to put it down until the very last sentence."
The Heavens (2019)
Sandra Newman
"What a wonderful, strange, terrifying, brilliant novel this is."
Apeirogon (2020)
Colum McCann
"A quite extraordinary novel. Colum McCann has found the form and voice to tell the most complex of stories, with an unexpected friendship between two men at its powerfully beating heart."
Hamnet (2020)
Maggie O'Farrell
"The story of Hamnet Shakespeare has been waiting in the shadows for over four hundred years. Maggie O'Farrell brings it dazzlingly, devastatingly, into the light ."
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."
We Are Not in The World (2021)
Conor O'Callaghan
"Haunting, mesmerising, and so deeply intelligent about the interwoven strengths and frailties of the human heart."
China Room (2021)
Sunjeev Sahota
"China Room burns quietly but fiercely from first page to last—a gorgeous, gripping read."
The Fortune Men (2021)
Nadifa Mohamed
"A writer of great humanity and intelligence. Nadifa Mohamed deeply understands how lives are shaped both by the grand sweep of history and the intimate encounters of human beings."
The Startup Wife (2021)
Tahmima Anam
"Fresh, funny, brave, savage, smart."
The Return of Faraz Ali (2022)
Aamina Ahmad
"A gripping read - everything beautifully evoked, from the alleys of the Old City to the atmosphere of corruption and secrets."
I Was the President's Mistress!! (2022)
Miguel Syjuco
"A tour de force--bawdy, fearless, insightful, delightful."
Other Names for Love (2022)
Taymour Soomro
"Such a deftly told and evocative story of duty, masculinity and desire."

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