Kamila Shamsie wins London Hellenic Prize for ‘Home Fire’

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British-Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie has been awarded 2017’s £10,000 London Hellenic Prize for Home Fire.

Shamsie bagged the award on Monday night at a ceremony in the Great Hall of Kings College London although the winner was announced on October 15.

She fended off competition from six other books on the shortlist to win the prize.

Marked as Shamsie’s seventh work of prose, Home Fire follows British Muslim “Isma” and her family members, all of whom are dispersed around the world.

The “suspenseful and heartbreaking” story, according to Penguin Random House publishers, is “of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences”. It deals with the linkages between a Pakistani family, their bonds tightening and loosening, their fears and long-lost hopes, as well as terrorism.

Last year, Home Fire won the Women’s Prize for fiction.

The London Hellenic Prize celebrates “the cultural cross-fertilisation of the Greek and English-speaking worlds” and this year was judged by a six-strong panel chaired by Dr Jennifer Wallace (Peterhouse, Cambridge).

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