Wed, 16 November 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

An Evening With Kamila Shamsie

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The Women’s Prize winning, internationally bestselling author explores Britain today, power and how we use it, and what we owe to those who’ve loved us the longest.

Equally acclaimed in the country of her birth, Pakistan, and her adopted home of the UK, Kamila Shamsie’s novels question, and interrogate identity, class, family, politics and belonging through gripping human drama.

From Burnt Shadows, which encompasses the bombing of Nagasaki, the partition of India, the 9/11 attacks and Guantanamo Bay, to the award-winning Home Fire, which reimagines Sophocles’ Antigone among British Muslims, Kamila Shamsie’s ambitious and powerful novels have earned her a reputation as one of the world’s most important living novelists.

In this livestream, In Conversation event, she’ll explore her life in writing, sharing the stories and ideas that have shaped her career. And she’ll transport us to the world of her new novel, Best of Friends, a story transporting us from Karachi to London and across more than three decades, as childhood best friends Zahra and Maryam face unwelcome ghosts from their past and find themselves driven to acts that stretch and twist their bond beyond all recognition.

Praise for Kamila Shamsie’s Best of Friends:

‘A shining tour de force … Simultaneously vividly alive to its time and so good and true that it’s as if it has always been with us’ – Ali Smith

‘A profound novel about friendship. I loved it to pieces’ – Madeline Miller

‘It is a rare writer who can examine with such insight and tenderness the forces that bind us to certain moments in life, and do it in language that is both precise and exquisite, expansive and attuned to the tiniest emotional detail. Kamila Shamsie has done it again in this magnificent, profoundly moving novel’ – Maaza Mengiste

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Kamila Shamsie

Award-winning Author

Kamila Shamsie was born and grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. Her most recent novel, Home Fire, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018. It was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award, and won the London Hellenic Prize. She is the author of six previous novels including Burnt Shadows, shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and A God in Every Stone, shortlisted for the Women’s Bailey’s Prize and the Walter Scott Prize. Her work has been translated into over 30 languages. Kamila Shamsie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist in 2013. She is professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester and lives in London.