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contestants are flooding in More than 500 entries offering inspirational ideas have already been submitted for the Observer/Nesta project Sophie Gore-Browne (left) and Jenny Dawson of Rubies in the Rubble, one of the firs ventures chosen for Britain'
Sarah Lee for the Guardian The voices of those silenced from the pages of history resound in Kamila Shamsie 's accomplished, atmospheric sixth novel, an intricate tale set largely in 1914 and 1915 and spanning England, France, Turkey and India.
It is a rare writer who can transport her readers in just a few pages to another place and time...In this work she contrasts three different empires: the ancient Persians between 515 and 485 BCE, the dissolution of the Ottoman state, and the decline
Sarah Lee for the Guardian The story follows a young Londoner, Vivian Rose Spencer, from an archaeological dig in Turkey back to Britain where she works as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse during the first world war...At the same time, the Pashtun
As a single woman, London is a nicer place to live than Karachi' Kamila Shamsie. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian " I want to go to Peshawar," a young Englishwoman with a passion for archeology tells her mother in Kamila Shamsie's latest novel,
Pink may be the colour of an Empire's territories shown on a map of the world, while for modern shoppers trawling that world it denotes gifts suitable for girls. Kamila Shamsie's passionate new novel, set in the early twentieth century, intertwining
K amila Shamsie , a Karachi native who recently became a British citizen, has a long and deep connection with India. Her mother's family came from the erstwhile kingdom of Awadh (Lucknow). The decorated soldier Major General E Habibullah, founder of
The young and the old were equally starry-eyed at the chance to interact with the masters of their craft. Among the stars of the Islamabad festival were Intizar Husain and Kamila Shamsie, both keynote speakers and nominees for prestigious
Hamid said he didn't know what he was going to do with it, to which Shamsie said, I think you have to keep writing it. That novel was The Reluctant Fundamentalist, about a Muslim boy who has some tension with America, which Hamid had begun writing
In the latest dispatch from A Room for London a hotel installation in the shape of the boat in Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness we hear from the Pakistanti novelist Kamila Shamsie...For Shamsie, the task throws up questions about the