5 Oct 2019

Hundreds of authors defend novelist who was stripped of award over Israel boycott

Hundreds of authors around the world have spoken out in support of the British Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie, after she was stripped of an award because of her support for a boycott of Israel.

Ms Shamsie was due to be given the Nelly Sachs Prize by the city of Dortmund in Germany, but the award was withdrawn after the judges said her support of the boycott was in contrast to the ideal of reconciliation that the prize exemplified.