South Asian literature in English is some of the best in the world today

Female writers from South Asia are currently dominating in the field. Get inspired by these amazing women, starting with this interview with award-winning author, Kamila Shamsie.

Kamila was recently nominated for the Man Booker Prize for her novel ‘Home Fire’ which you can find here. Stay with us this month for more interviews with Kamila, and plenty more inspiring women.


Get to know more about the amazing women we've featured here:

-An insight to award-winning author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her work

-Are you listening, ladies?

-Women's Stories on the Big Screen

-What makes South Asian literature so exciting? We talk to top literary agent, Kanishka Gupta

-Friday Five: Classic novels by female authors to inspire you

Our Digital Library

British Council Library members have exclusive access to unrivalled resources. Members can use RBDigital to read an electronic copy of ‘Home Fire’ here

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Our Catalogue

Find plenty more books by fantastic South Asian women here at the British Council Library:

Kaghazi Hai Pairahan by Ismat Chugtai

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Nobody Killed Her by Sabyn Javeri




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