Inspired by Greek mythology and modern day terrorism, Kamila Shamsie’s book Home Fire explores family ties and moral boundaries. In conversation with journalist Razia Iqbal, she shares her thoughts on the evolution of classical characters like Antigone and Ismene and their relevance to today’s discussion on conflict and duty.
Kamila is the author of five novels, including Burnt Shadows which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and has been translated into over 20 languages. She has also written a work of non-fiction, Offence: The Muslim Case. A trustee of Free Word and English Pen, she grew up in Karachi and now lives in London
Razia is a veteran journalist and a former arts corespondent for the BBC and has worked as a political reporter and foreign correspondent. She is one of the main presenters of Newshour, the flagship news and current affairs programme on BBC World Service and regularly presents The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4. She also presented Talking Books on BBC World TV: an in depth interview programme with leading writers.