Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels, most recently Home Fire, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the year award and won the Women’s Prize for Fiction. In 2013 she was on Granta’s list of Best of Young British Novelists. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.
Commenting on the award, she said “There’s a particular excitement to discovering a new voice in literature – the freshness and the promise of greater works to come make for a thrilling combination. I’m very much looking forward to having many such moments of excitement when reading through the prize submissions. It’s a privilege to play a role in alerting many more people to the newest writer in the glittering firmament of those who have won this award.”