Kamila Shamsie Wins 2018 Women’s Prize For ‘Home Fire

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Kamila Shamsie has won the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her seventh novel Home Fire.

It was the third time the British-Pakistani author had been nominated for the award, previously known as the Baileys Prize and Orange Prize.

Home Fire, reworks Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone to narrate the story of a British Muslim family’s connection to Islamic State. Sarah Sands, chair of judges, said the panel had chosen “the book which we felt spoke for our times”.

She further added, “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.”

Author Kate Mosse, the founder of the prize, hosted Wednesday’s ceremony in central London.

 

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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