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These Pakistani Authors Made It To ‘100 Novels That Shaped Our World’ List

What a proud achievement!

BBC's list of 100 novels that shaped our world

Pakistani authors Mohsin Hamid, Kamila Shamsie and Bapsi Sidhwa make Pakistan proud once again as their works ma ke it to BBC’s list of ‘100 novels that shaped our world’.

BBC’s list of ‘100 novels that shaped our world’ lists influential literary works from classics to contemporary publications. Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire was listed in the ‘Politics, Power & Protest‘ category.


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While Mohsin Hamid’s novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist joins the ‘Crime & Conflict‘ category. Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ice Candy Man was also featured in the same category ‘Crime & Conflict‘.

BBC’s list includes a whole spectrum of literary works such as classics like Jane Austin’s Pride & Prejudice, and  CS Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. 

Then there are books that lead their genres like JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus.


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Modern favorites like George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, and Stephenie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga also made it.

It’s great to see the works of Pakistani authors listed amid such big names. Based on the categories that their works are listed in Pakistani authors are well aware of politics and conflict. While Mohsin Hamid is born and bred Pakistani, Kamila Shamsie is a British-Pakistani and Bapsi Sidhwa is Pakistani-American.

All three writers have their own unique way of looking at things and their writing based on their identities.

A panel of experts curated this list. The panel constituents Radio 4 Front Row presenter and Times Literary Supplement editor Stig Abell; broadcaster Mariella Frostrup; authors Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal, and Alexander McCall Smith; and Bradford Festival Literary Director Syima Aslam.

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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