Kamila Shamsie wins the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction


Kamila Shamsie has won the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction for her seventh novel Home Fire. It was the third time the British-Pakistani author had been nominated for the award, previously known as the Baileys Prize and Orange Prize. The book, a reworking of Sophocles' Greek tragedy Antigone, is about radicalisation and family loyalties.

Sarah Sands, chair of judges, said the panel had chosen “the book which we felt spoke for our times”. She said, “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.”

The ceremony took place in central London, where Sands, the editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme, said it was a “dazzling shortlist – it had depth and richness and variety”. “We were forcibly struck by the quality of the prose. Each book had its champions,” she added.