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Best of Friends with Kamila Shamsie

“I don’t start a novel thinking I have things to show you or tell you. I always start a novel because there are things I want to discover.” – Kamila Shamsie.

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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.

In this episode, Kamila Shamsie 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.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture.

With thanks to UNSW Centre for Ideas.

This event was recorded on Wednesday 9 November 2022 at The Capitol as part of the Wheeler Centre’s Spring Fling program.

Featured music is Johannes Bornlöf – Friend of Mine.

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