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November 2008
My Literary Top 10:
Kamila Shamsie

Top 10
Best short story I’ve ever read
The Aleph by Borges.
Book that should be on the national curriculum
The Joy of Cooking (so that no student ever asks ‘What’s the use of books?’)
Best film of the book I’ve seen
To Kill a Mockingbird.
Author I’d most like to talk to
In this, I must defer to Margaret Atwood who said something along the lines of 'wanting to meet a writer because you like their books is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pate’.
Book I would blush to be seen reading on the tube
I’m shameless about the books I read.
Best question about fashion posed in fiction
‘Was there such a thing as a good poncho? asked Charlotte’ — from Lorrie Moore’s Willing.
The book I’d most like to reread, if I could find it again
All Dogs Go to Heaven. I read it when I was 11, and it prompted me to sit down with a friend and write my first novel (entitled, A Dog's Life and After), also when I was 11. Have no idea who wrote it, and no, it has nothing to do with the cartoon movie of the same name.
My favourite bookshop
It closed in 1998, but remains my favourite: Wootton’s in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Author I’d like to nominate for the Nobel Prize for Literature
Michael Ondaatje
Deceased author I’d most like to resurrect so s/he could write some more.
Shakespeare. Because, who else?
Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Pakistan. Two of her novels In the City by the Sea and Kartography have been shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys /Mail on Sunday Prize. In1999 she received The Award for Literature in Pakistan. Her second novel, Salt and Saffron, won her a place on the Orange list ‘21 writers for the 21st century’. Kamila Shamsie has a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College in Clinton NY, and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her fourth novel, Broken Verses, will be published by Bloomsbury in April 2005.