Kamila Shamsie wins the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction

Kamila Shamsie. Photo credit: Salma RazaFormer Desmond Elliott Prize judge Kamila Shamsie has been awarded the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her seventh novel, Home Fire, a contemporary reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone.

Sarah Sands, chair of judges for the Women’s Prize, said that Home Fire was “the book which we felt spoke for our times. Home Fire is about identity, conflicting loyalties, love and politics. And it sustains mastery of its themes and its form. It is a remarkable book which we passionately recommend.”

Shamsie judged the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2017, when the Prize was awarded to Francis Spufford for Golden Hill. Her fellow judges were Sam Leith, Literary Editor at the Spectator, and specialist book buyer for WHSmith, Iain Rushworth.

Christine Berry, Desmond Elliott Prize Trustee, said: “Kamila was a wonderful judge with a real passion for supporting up-and-coming talent in the tricky early stages of their careers. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have Kamila’s ongoing support and are so very pleased to see her receive this recognition for her own masterful work. Home Fire is a very deserving winner. Congratulations, Kamila, on behalf of the Desmond Elliott Prize!”