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Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Novel Award

| Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017

A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.

The Costa Judges say: ‘A brave and important book that explores themes that feel both urgent and timeless.’

If you like Kamila Shamsie you might also like to read books by Priya Basil, Bernardine Bishop and Bernadine Evaristo.

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Synopsis

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs. As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to - or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation? Two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love?

Reviews

Home Fire left me awestruck, shaken, on the edge of my chair, filled with admiration for her courage and ambition. Recommended reading for prime ministers and presidents everywhere -- Peter Carey

Shamsie's simple, lucid prose plays in perfect harmony with the heartbeat of modern times. Home Fire deftly reveals all the ways in which the political is as personal as the personal is political. No novel could be as timely -- Aminatta Forna

Retells Antigone against the backdrop of contemporary London, weaving a poignant and timely tale of two British Muslim families with differing ideas about loyalty to the state * Observer, Fiction to Look out for in 2017 *

Into the ranks of international voices steps Kamila Shamsie, who seems as if she has heard, and listened, to the music of what surrounds us -- Colum McCann

Shamsie excavates the deepest corners of the human heart * Observer *

Strong storytelling ... A page-turner that is also a literary delight -- Jeanette Winterson

Its pages are lit by Shamsie's eloquent prose ... A novel well worth reading -- Helen Dunmore * Guardian *

Shamsie is adept at excavating the past and braids the personal and political to great effect * Independent on Sunday *

I can't recommend A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie too strongly ... Exciting and, in the end, profoundly moving -- Antonia Fraser

A very rare and uniquely rewarding writer -- Pankaj Mishra Kamila Shamsie is a writer of immense ambition and strength. She understands a great deal about the ways in which the world's many tragedies and histories shape one another -- Salman Rushdie

I love Shamsie's beautiful painting with words -- Shami Chakrabarti

Shamsie's voice is clear and compelling, with a welcoming sparseness * Guardian *

A good novelist blurs the imaginary line between us and them; Kamila Shamsie is the rare writer who makes one forget there was ever such a thing as a line. Home Fire is a remarkable novel, both timely and necessary -- Rabih Alameddine

A searing novel about the choices people make for love, and for the place they call home -- Laila Lalami

Kamila Shamsie's new one, Home Fire reimagines Antigone in two modern Muslim families Alex Preston, Observer, Summer Reading

With her seventh novel, the British-Pakistani author joins this year's trend for rewriting Greek tragedy Guardian (Review)

Conflicts of loyalty in two British Muslim families unfold against a backdrop of religious fundamentalism - this is geopolitics made arrestingly personal Daily Telegraph

Two families fates are devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love? Irish Times

About the Author

Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Pakistan. She is the author of four previous novels: In the City by the Sea, Kartography (both shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys / Mail on Sunday Prize), Salt and Saffron and Broken Verses. In 1999 she received the Prime Minister's Award for Literature and in 2004 the Patras Bokhari Award - both award by the Pakistan Academy of Letters. Kamila Shamsie lives in London and Karachi.

Kamila Shamsie is available for interview and is also an experienced journalist, broadcaster, speaker and chairperson at public events.

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Publication date

15th August 2017

Author

Kamila Shamsie

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Hardback
272 pages

Categories

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781408886779

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