Samira Shackle is a freelance British-Pakistani writer and reporter based in London. She is the editor of the New Humanist magazine, and a regular contributor to the Guardian ‘Long Read’. Her first book, Karachi Vice, tells the story of five ordinary citizens of Pakistan’s largest city.
Books by Samira Shackle
Interviews with Samira Shackle
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
by Anna Funder
Nothing to Envy
by Barbara Demick
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
by Katherine Boo
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
by Patrick Radden Keefe
City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp
by Ben Rawlence
Narrative nonfiction is a style of writing that takes the facts and dramatises them to create novelistic retellings of real life events. Samira Shackle, author of Karachi Vice, a book that offers vivid insight into the lives of five of the city’s residents, recommends five books that have inspired her—and explains how a writer might begin to carve ‘plot’ and ‘characters’ from reams of research material.