Pakistan's Kamila Shamsie wins '2018 Women's Prize for Fiction' in UK
The Karachi-born writer won the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction, earlier known as the Baileys Prize and Orange Prize, for her seventh novel, Home Fire at a ceremony in central London hosted by Author Kate Mosse, the founder of the prize.
According to Penguin Random House publishers, the novel, a reworking of Sophocles' Greek tragedy Antigone, contains "the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences".
The other shortlisted books included The Idiot by Elif Batuman, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar, Sight by Jessie Greengrass, When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy and Sing, Unburied, Sing bu Jesmyn Ward.
The winning author received £30,000 in prize money and a Bessie - a limited edition bronze figurine.
According to BBC, Sarah Sands, chair of judges, said the panel had chosen "the book which we felt spoke for our times".
She said: "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."
On the achievement, the author received massive felicitations on social media.
Kamila Shamshie wins the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction, with Home Fire, one of my favourite reads of the past year. Well deserved.— Nina Nannar (@NinaNannarITV) June 6, 2018
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