Shamim Sarif

Shamim Sarif

in The United Kingdom
September 24, 1969



Shamim Sarif (born September 24, 1969) is a British novelist and filmmaker of South Asian and South African heritage. Her roots inspired her to write her debut novel, The World Unseen,which explores issues of race, gender and sexuality, which she later adapted into a film starring Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth. The novel won the Pendleton May First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award. She has also adapted and directed a film based on her book I Can't Think Straight.

She is the recipient of Best Director awards for The World Unseen film from the South African Film and Television Awards,the Phoenix Film Festival and the Clip (Tampa) Festival. Her 2011 film, The House of Tomorrow, is a documentary about the 2010 TEDx Holy Land Conference, which br

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Hello Shamim’s fans and happy 2013.


It has become a tradition that once a year I take over Shamim’s blog to do a guest blog. But I did not do so last year as my lovely wife has not been blogging. I sympathise just a little bit, as I have not stopped loading her with even more things to do. So my Renaissance Wife and Superwoman Shamim could not make time to write many blogs last...

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Average rating: 4.11 · 6,174 ratings · 274 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
I Can't Think Straight

4.16 avg rating — 4,005 ratings — published 2008 — 16 editions
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The World Unseen

4.07 avg rating — 1,524 ratings — published 2001 — 15 editions
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Despite The Falling Snow

3.83 avg rating — 620 ratings — published 2003 — 16 editions
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Wrote The Book, Made, The M...

4.52 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2010 — 2 editions
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“Every night I empty my heart, but by morning it's full again.
Slow droplets of you seep in through the night's soft caress.
At dawn, I overflow with thoughts of us
An aching pleasure that gives me no respite.
Love cannot be contained, the neat packaging of desire
Splits asunder, spilling crimson through my days.
Long, languishing days that are now bruised tender with yearning,
Spent searching for a fingerprint, a scent, a breath you left behind.”
Shamim Sarif, I Can't Think Straight

“It was the downfall of love, Lamia thought wistfully, that it inspired the lover to toss away any shred of caution just to obtain the pure, desperate pleasure of talking about the beloved.”
Shamim Sarif, I Can't Think Straight
tags: love

“Lamia was not sure whether she liked Leyla. She was too quiet, too knowing, her eyes were always probing, she felt, and she was clearly a bad influence on Tala, enticing her to museums and libraries when she should be shopping.”
Shamim Sarif, I Can't Think Straight



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