Kamila Shamsie recieves UK Womens prize award for her novel Home Fire

Kamila Shamsie,is a Pakistani born author who now resides in London,United Kingdom.She has won the award for International Womens prize for fiction for her book Home Fire.

Shamsie,was previosuly nominated twice for the Womens Prize award and finally she was able to bag the prize in June 2018.The award was worth worth £30,000.Five other novels were shortlisted for the award which eventually Shamsie won.


Home fire was the seventh book Shamsie has written and it was published in 2017.There were many books nominated for this prestigious award.Among these are;Mermaid and Mrs Hancock written by Imogen Hermes Gowar and Sing,Unburied,Sing by United States author Jesmyn Ward.

According to Sarah Sands,a member of the panel and editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme,in regards to  Shamsie’s book ”To humanise a political story in that way really does show what literature can do, that it can tackle a hard subject that otherwise would never have that sense of layered sympathy and understanding. It really advanced our understanding of the whole issue of identity.”

She went on to say “It was extremely difficult, because of the richness and variety of the shortlist – imagine how you compare the experience of race in America versus courtesans and mermaids. But when we set out to decide what felt like the story of our times, (Home Fire) was the right choice.”