Caboodle Firsts: Read one of 100 copies of Kamila Shamsie's Best of Friends before it's out

Best of Friends

We're giving 100 Caboodlers the chance to read Kamila Shamsie's powerful exploration of the clash between society, friendship and power, Best of Friends, before it's out in October. 

The new novel from the international bestselling and Women's Prize-winning author of Home Fire, which you can also pick up for free if you have 650+ Caboodle Points!

Sometimes it was as though the forty years of friendship between them was just a lesson in the unknowability of other people…

Maryam and Zahra.

In 1988 Karachi, two fourteen-year-old girls are a decade into their friendship, sharing in-jokes, secrets and a love for George Michael. As Pakistan’s dictatorship falls and a woman comes to power, the world suddenly seems full of possibilities. Elated by the change in the air, they make a snap decision at a party. That night, everything goes wrong, and the two girls are powerless to change the outcome.

Zahra and Maryam.

In present-day London, two influential women remain bound together by loyalties, disloyalties, and the memory of that night, which echoes through the present in unexpected ways. Now both have power; and both have very different ideas of how to wield it… Their friendship has always felt unbreakable; can it be undone by one decision?


'A profound novel about friendship. I loved it to pieces.' - Madeline Miller, author of Circe and The Song of Achilles

'A shining tour de force about a long friendship's respects, disrespects, loyalties and moralities. Shamsie never compromises. This novel is of a rare quality, and even more evidence of her ability to write fiction that’s simultaneously vividly alive to its time and so good and true that it's as if it has always been with us.' - The Guardian

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Enter now and collect 5 Caboodle Points. This competition will close after 01/09/2022.

Terms and Conditions

100 entrants will receive a copy of Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie

  • By entering this competition, you also agree to the Caboodle Terms and Conditions and Caboodle Points Terms and Conditions.
  • Closing date: 11:59pm, Thursday 1st September 2022.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted. Entrants may not win more than one prize.
  • The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents except employees of the Booksellers Association and Book Tokens Ltd., their families, employees of participating bookshops, and anyone else connected with this promotion.
  • Entrants must be aged 16 or over.
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