Kamila Shamsie's 'Home Fire' wins Women's Prize for Fiction | AP entertainment

Kamila Shamsie 44 has won the Women's Prize for Fiction

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 Sarah Sands, chair of the judges and editor of BBC Radio 4's "Today" Programme, the decision to crown Shamsie the victor was "unanimous" after several hours of deliberations.

Speaking about Home Fire she said it is a story of five British Muslims and is based on the ancient tale Antigone.

"It is a remarkable book which we passionately recommend", she added.

Shamsie won the award beating a shortlist that included USA author Jesmyn Ward's novel Sing, Unburied, Sing, for which she won the National Book Award, and Imogen Hermes Gowar's debut, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock.

Oregon State Beavers pitcher Luke Heimlich goes undrafted for second straight year
One of the most controversial prospects in draft history was not selected by an Major League Baseball team. On the field, the southpaw put together a 15-1 record with a 2.42 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 111.2 innings.

But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her lovely, 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. When the son of the British-Muslim home secretary enters their lives, Aneeka hopes to use him to save her missing brother. "It was extremely hard, because of the richness and variety of the shortlist - imagine how you compare the experience of race in America versus courtesans and mermaids".

"Shamsie is amusing and exact about the Muslim experience, what it means to be challenged on your identity, what it means choosing between public and private ... Her nuance, her sympathies, really make you challenge your own lazy thinking on all this", she said.

"The book "Home Fire" is about identity, conflicting loyalties, love and politics. We loved the originality of mermaids and courtesans, we were awed by the lyrical truth of an American road trip which serves as a commentary of the history of race in America, we discussed into the night the fine and dignified treatment of a woman's domestic abuse, we laughed over a student's rite of passage and we experienced the truth of losing a parent and loving a child", she said. This is Shamsie's first Women's Prize win, after being shortlisted in 2009 for Burnt Shadows and in 2015 for A God in Every Stone (both Bloomsbury). The author is also quite vocal about her support of female authors.

Numerous well wishes and praise poured in for Shamsie from around the world.

Related news:

Hot News

Critics take aim at President Trump's call for Russian Federation to rejoin G7
Jun 09, 2018 - 10:24
The suspension was supported by the other members of the group, including the US, Canada, Japan and four European nations. Trudeau said he would continue to stand up for Canadian dairy producers and the country's supply management system.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Celtics' Kyrie Irving to Knicks after 2018-19 season?
Jun 09, 2018 - 09:43
Irving played with the Cavaliers from 2011-17 before he forced a traded to Boston in August. You're on a winning team. "Maybe the mindset has changed significantly".

Joel Embiid, Enes Kanter, Dejounte Murray Recruit LeBron James After Finals Loss
Jun 09, 2018 - 09:28
Windhorst reported on ESPN that after the Cavs' brutal Game 1 meltdown , James punched a blackboard out of frustration. James hid the injury from plain sight and was wearing a cast when he was out of the public eye .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top LeBron can’t save himself, so he’ll leave Cleveland after losing NBA Finals
Jun 09, 2018 - 09:28
He left with 4:03 left in the game to chants of "M-V-P!" The Warriors blew them out in two of the final three games. LeBron James led Cleveland with 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, but also had six turnovers.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) - Technical Watch
Jun 09, 2018 - 09:13
The ratio improved due to KMI positioning: 74 sold and 305 reduced. 108 funds amassed holdings and 266 increased holdings. Facebook, Inc. (FB) have shown a high EPS growth of 234.20% in the last 5 years and has earnings rose of 76.30% yoy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top VPNFilter router malware is worse than first thought, affects more devices
Jun 09, 2018 - 09:10
The VPNFilter malware works by manipulating internet traffic, and attackers have full access to incoming and outgoing data. It can download a self-destruct module that wipes the entire infected device and then resets it.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NBA Finals: Down 0-2, Cavs Need More LBJ, Less Distribution!
Jun 09, 2018 - 08:43
They put up a great fight in the first quarter; they even had the lead down to single digits multiple times in the second half. After the game, Chris Haynes of ESPN reported that their verbal back-and-forth didn't sit well with members of the Warriors .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kate Spade's Sales Have Increased By 600% Following Her Death
Jun 09, 2018 - 08:25
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show almost 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016. The movie star's death was initially ruled a suicide but later accounts have raised questions about that conclusion.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Virat Kohli: Forbes names India captain highest-paid cricketer
Jun 09, 2018 - 07:47
He jumps 13 spots to fifth with an income of United States dollars 90 million, including USD 19 million from endorsement partners. Conor McGregor made a lot of money in 2017 and that earned him top five status among the highest paid athletes in the world.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Taiwan holds large military drills amid China tensions:The Asahi Shimbun
Jun 09, 2018 - 07:47
The exercise is based on a scenario in which the base comes under a bombing attack and is occupied by Chinese forces. Shortly before the Han Kuang exercises began, an F-16 crashed into mountains in northern Taiwan , killing the pilot.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Israeli Forces Kill Yet Another Tamimi Family Member
Jun 09, 2018 - 07:17
They were also protesting about the blockade of the Gaza Strip and the moving of the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem .

Every Year of Education Increases Risk For Nearsightedness
Jun 09, 2018 - 07:05
They acknowledge that the people in their database were generally healthier than the general population, which could lead to bias. Nearly 10% of these people (around 9 million) will have high myopia, which carries a greater risk of blindness.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Porsche's 911 Speedster Concept boasts more than 500 horsepower
Jun 09, 2018 - 06:42
Black slats hang between the twin elements, as does a Plexiglas wind deflector with a 70th anniversary logo engraved in it. The fenders and front and rear decklids are carbon-fiber reinforced polymer composite.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Airbnb forced to cancel Japanese bookings
Jun 09, 2018 - 05:47
Airbnb says it has been obliged by Japanese authorities to cancel thousands of bookings ahead of the introduction of new rules. It's possibly every traveler's worst nightmare: that flawless , affordable Airbnb you booked gets unexpectedly cancelled.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Anthony Bourdain dead: Throwback clip highlights Anthony and Nigella Lawson’s relationship
Jun 09, 2018 - 05:47
Actress Asia Argento , Bourdain's girlfriend, wrote that she was "beyond devastated" and asked for privacy. As well as hosting a number of TV shows, he was also a best-selling food, travel and fiction author.