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Kamila Shamsie

b. 1973

Kamila Shamsie was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2011.

Kamila Shamsie is the author of six novels: In the City by the Sea (shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize); Salt and SaffronKartography (also shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize); Broken VersesBurnt Shadows (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction) and A God in Every Stone, which was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Home Fire was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award, the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2018, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and won the London Hellenic Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan’s Academy of Letters. Kamila Shamsie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist in 2013; she was also awarded a South Bank Arts Award in 2018. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.

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Articles by Kamila Shamsie

Now we are (round about) sixty

Five RSL Fellows remember the books they loved as children.

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Literature and political violence

Adam Foulds, Pankaj Mishra, Chris Petit and Kamila Shamsie on the relationship between literature and political violence.

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The Pakistani novel today

Nadeem Aslam, Pankaj Mishra and Kamila Shamsie discuss the Pakistani novel at the Tagore Memorial Meeting.

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