Kamila Shamsie launched her latest book ‘Home Fire’ at the British Council Library in Karachi. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and Rosemary Hilhorst, Country Director British Council Pakistan were among the notable dignitaries present at the launch.
‘Home Fire’, the seventh book authored by Kamila Shamsie, has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2017 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. A modern rendition of Antigone and a compelling exploration of the conflict between love and politics, the novel has received promising reviews by the Guardian, The New York Times, The Times, Daily Telegraph and New Statesman among others.
The author Kamila Shamsie said: “The British Council in Pakistan has played a crucial role in my life as a reader and writer. I grew up devouring books from the British Council Library – given that I used to read a novel a day the importance of having access to a well-stocked library can’t be underestimated. When my first novel was published, nearly twenty years ago, the Pakistan launch took place at the British Council. So it’s a particular honour and joy to return to the British Council for the launch of Home Fire. It really does feel like coming home.”
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “Since 1947, the British Council has played a pivotal role in fostering strong cultural relations between the UK and Pakistan. They have supported Kamila’s success as a British Pakistani woman author and the co-operation between our countries highlights the deep-rooted bond that exists between us. It’s a delight to be here today at the launch of Booker Prize nominee Kamila’s Home Fire. I hope her success inspires the next generation of great Pakistani authors.”
Rosemary Hilhorst, Country Director, British Council Pakistan said: “Literature is powerful tool to create cross-cultural awareness. It is particularly important in the context of our work in Pakistan now and over the past 70 years to increase mutual knowledge and understanding between the people UK and Pakistan. We are so happy to have Kamila Shamsie here to launch her new book ‘Home Fire’. Kamila writes beautifully and with style. Her writing is a testimony to the prevailing power of literature, spanning countries and generations – resonating with audiences across world.”
Kamila Shamsie was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and now lives in London, UK. Her previous novels have gained international acclaim. Her novels In the City by the Sea and Kartography where shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, Salt and Saffron, Broken Verses and Burnt Shadows were shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and recently, A God in Every Stone was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan’s Academy of Letters. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2013 was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist.