By Atiya Riffat
The 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction, already known as the Orange prize and the Bailey’s prize, has been sacked by British-Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie for her novel Home Fire, a contemporary retelling of Sophocles’ Greek catastrophe, Antigone.
British Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie has won the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction with her seventh novel.
Home Fire brief the story of Aneeka, a youthful Londoner who falls in love with the son of an effective British Muslim politician while her brother is attracted to Jihadism.
Shamsie, 44, was given the £30,000 prize cash and statuette by the seat of judges Sarah Sands in a ceremony at Bedford Square Gardens.
Sarah Sands said the judges were “coercively struck by the nature of the composition” on the “dazzling shortlist”, which incorporated The Idiot by Elif Batuman, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar, Sight by Jessie Greengrass, When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy, and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.
“At last we picked the book which we felt represented our circumstances,” Sands said. “Home Fire is about character, clashing loyalties, love and legislative issues. Furthermore, it supports supermacy of its subjects and its form. It is a noteworthy book which we enthusiastically prescribe.”
Shamsie’s work has been shortlisted for the annual prize, which is available to English-language fiction by ladies from around the globe, twice previously.
Yearning novelist Faith Eckersall was likewise given a honor at the occasion as she won the Women’s Prize/Grazia First Chapter Competition for unpublished writers.