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Summary

Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew.

Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs. As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to - or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation?

Two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love? A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.

©2017 Kamila Shamsie (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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<br />Exceptional

Brilliant :) loved it. Amazing story telling. very thought provoking and well written. Extremely sad

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Gripping

Could have easily sat and listen to this book in one sitting. Absolutely gripping and engrossing. Each character fully rounded and defined.

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Falls slightly short of expectations

Prizewinning it may be, and there is no doubt that the modern reworking of the Antigone story is original and very clever, but I was just a little disappointed by some rather unrestrained bits of writing (that a good editor might have removed). But I’m glad I bought it and listened to it.

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I felt I should have liked it more

I found this book instantly forgettable. It is well written, it covers an interesting topic but it left me feeling flat and not involved with the characters. There were moments that shone quite brightly but they were rather fleeting and drifted away quickly.
I can see why others rated it highly but it just wasn't for me.

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Fabulous

Great book, gripping, relevant, beautifully written...a really page turner, sorry to finish it a must..

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loved it

loved it. great narration
felt very involved with the story
a lot to think about.

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Brilliant!

Gripping, thought provoking and strangely beautiful! Shamsie explores core values with honesty and sensitivity. Brilliant and brave!

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Excellent performance

Loved this book. Brilliant narrator and very well written. Wonderful characterisation and clear representation of characters by the reader. Highly recommended.

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Gripping

The tale of Romeo and Juliet for modern times. A mixture of naivety and connivance in human nature. Family trust in a Machiavellian court. Couldn’t stop listening!

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amazing. couldn't stop. <br />

it is rare to get a book like this so right! I might actually listen to it again straight away.