|Kamila Naheed Shamsie|
|Born||1973 (age 40–41)|
Kamila Shamsie (born 1973) is a Pakistani novelist who writes in the English language.
Shamsie is the daughter of the famous literary journalist, compiler and editor Muneeza Shamsie, niece of Attia Hosain and granddaughter of the writer, Begum Jahanara Habibullah. Her sister Saman Shamsie used to be a college counselor and taught O-level Physics and SAT writing and reading at Karachi Grammar School. She was brought up in Karachi and attended Karachi Grammar School. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College, and an MFA from the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was influenced by the Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali. In 2007, she moved to London and is now a dual national of the UK and Pakistan.
Shamsie wrote her first novel, In The City by the Sea, while still at UMass, and it was published in 1998. It was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in the UK, and Shamsie received the Prime Minister's Award for Literature in Pakistan in 1999. Her second novel, Salt and Saffron, followed in 2000, after which she was selected as one of Orange's 21 Writers of the 21st century. Her third novel, Kartography, received widespread critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys award in the UK. Both Kartography and her next novel, Broken Verses, have won the Patras Bokhari Award from the Academy of Letters in Pakistan. Her fifth novel Burnt Shadows was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her books have been translated in a number of languages.
In 2009, Kamila Shamsie donated the short story "The Desert Torso" to Oxfam's Ox-Tales project – four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Her story was published in the Air collection.
In 2013 she was included in the Granta list of 20 best young British writers,.
- In the City by the Sea (1998) ISBN 0-14-028181-9
- Salt and Saffron (2000) ISBN 1-58234-261-X
- Kartography (2002) ISBN 0-15-602973-1
- Broken Verses (2005) ISBN 0-15-603053-5
- Offence : the Muslim case (2009) ISBN 1-906497-03-6
- Burnt Shadows (2009) ISBN 0-312-55187-8
- A God in Every Stone (2014) ISBN 1408847206
- Kamila Shamsie on applying for British Citizenship Kamila Shamsie The Guardian 4 March 2014 Retrieved 5 March 2014
- The Desert Torso – A short story from the 'OX-Tales' series She recently attended the Jaipur Literature Festival 2011 where she spoke about her style of writing.
- Kamila Shamsie talks about Burnt Shadows on the BBC's World Book Club
- Kamila Shamsie at Bloomsbury Publishing
- Article in the Guardian on Kamila Shamsie
- "The Storytellers of Empire" in Guernica, February 2012