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A God in Every Stone

Friday 28 March 2014

1 Hour


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Kamila Shamsie has been chosen by Granta as one of the Best of Young British Writers of 2013. Here she talks about her new novel, A God in Every Stone, a powerful story of friendship, injustice, love and betrayal. In 1914, a young Englishwoman, Vivian Rose Spencer, is living in an ancient land and discovering the call of adventure and ecstasy of love. Thousands of miles away 20-year-old Pathan, Qayyum Gul, is serving in the British Indian Army. A year later, Gul returns home after losing an eye at Ypres and Vivian is following the trail of her beloved. They meet on a train to Peshawar, unaware that a connection is about to be forged that will dramatically bring them together again 15 years later.

Shamsie is the author of five novels including Burnt Shadows, which was shortlisted for the Orange prize and translated into 20 languages. She has received three awards from Pakistan’s Academy of Letters and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Here Shamsie talks to writer Rebecca Abrams.