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Kamila Shamsie: Best of Friends


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Does principle or loyalty make for the better friend? For Spring Fling, internationally bestselling author Kamila Shamsie examines the everchanging nature of friendship with Diana Reid.


‘I really wanted to take one of those friendships that has existed forever, and then put a lot of pressure on it.’

The author of seven novels, Kamila Shamsie has built an acclaimed career crafting explorations of the personal impacts of political, cultural and historical shadows. Now, the multi-award-winning writer turns her attention to the everchanging nature of female friendship, and the forces that bring people together, or tear them apart.

Following the story of two best friends from Karachi to London, Best of Friends is Shamsie’s first novel since Home Fire, for which she won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, was shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award and longlisted for the Booker Prize.

This spring, join Kamila Shamsie live in Melbourne as she speaks with Love and Virtue author Diana Reid about her latest work and explores our shifting perspectives on friendships, from fickle flings to the fiercely faithful.

This event will be photographed and recorded for use by the Wheeler Centre.

With thanks to UNSW Centre for Ideas.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture



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Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is the author of eight novels, which have been translated into over 30 languages, including Burnt Shadows and A God in Every Stone. Her previous novel Home Fire won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, was long listed for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Australian Book Indust... Read more

Diana Reid

Diana Reid is a Sydney-based writer. Her debut novel, Love & Virtue, was an Australian bestseller and winner of the ABIA Book of the Year Award, the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award, the ABA Booksellers Choice Fiction Book of the Year Award, and the MUD Literary Prize. Love & Vir... Read more


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