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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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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.

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Absolutely loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characterisation was great and non clichéed, it's very current and I liked the writing style. The reading was one of the best I've come across. The accents were done really well and I was totally absorbed in it. I had bought the Kindle version, and often end up switiching to the Kindle if the reading is a bit slow or clunky, and this time I didn't even open the Kindle version.

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loved this

tbe book was eye opening and informative yet had enough of a story to make it a compelling, easy listen.

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fantastic

a masterful modern retelling of a classic, beautifully and sensitively written, heart breaking and thought provoking.