Famous Pakistani female novelists you need to know

Novel writing is a great art, hobby, and passion. There are hundreds of Pakistani people that are writing in the area of non fiction as well as fiction. Pakistani females novelists are very much appreciated by novel readers in Pakistan and abroad the country. Female novelists such as Bano Qudsia, Bapsi Sidhwa, Bina Shah, and several other have written great novels for their fans. Get to know more about the famous Pakistani female novelists working in the industry.

20 famous Pakistani female novelists you need to know



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1. Bano Qudsia

Bano Qudsia is one of the most famous female Pakistani novelists. She has written several popular novels, short stories, dramas, and biographies that people must read. Her famous books include, Raja gidh, Hassil Ghaat, Aik Din, and Shehr-e-la’zawaal. She also have written many famous dramas including, Chota Shehar Baray Log, Lagan Apni Apni, Hawa kay Naam, and many other stories.

2. Altaf Fatima

Altaf Fatima is an amazing female Pakistani novelists from Lucknow, British India. She was born in the year 1927. Her most famous books include, Dastak Na do, Nishaan-e-Mehfil, Chalta Musafir, and Deed Wadeed. She also has translated many famous english novels including To Kill a mockingbird, The Pearl, and many other books.

3. Bapsi Sidhwa

Bapsi Sidhwa is a Pakistani/American novel writer. She has written several books that are picked for famous Bollywood movies. Mehta’s film Earth is based on the story written by Bapsi Sidhwa. Her famous literary works include, Water: A Novel, Cracking India, The Cow Eaters, The Bride, City of Sin and Splendour, and many other books.

4. Bina Shah

Bina Shah is one of the best female Pakistani novelists and blogger. She has written several books and short stories that appeared in several World Class magazines. Her works are published by famous magazines including, Granta, The Independent, Wasafiri, Critical Muslim, Asian Cha, and many other magazines. One of a few books by Bina Shah include, Where they dream in blue, The 786 Cybercafe, The Optimist, and the World has changed.

5. Sehba Sarwar

Sehba Sarwar is a famous English novelist from Pakistan. She is the author of famous book, Black Wings. She received her B.A degree from Mount Holyoke College and her graduate degree from the University of Texas.

6. Qaisra Shahraz

Qaistra Shahraz is a famous Pakistani female novelist, screenwriter, teacher, scriptwriter, and freelance journalist. Her famous books include, The Holy Women, Typhoon, and The Revolt. She also has published many short stories including, A Pair of Jeans, Black and Priceless, Dragon Fly in the Sun, No Limits, and many other writings.

7. Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is a Pakistani/British novel writing. She got her BA degree from Hamilton College and an MFA from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her first novel In the City by the Sea was published in the year 1998. She also has written many other books including, Salt and Saffron, Broken Verses, A God in Every Stone, Home Fire, Kartography, and many other books.

8. Bushra Rehman

Bushra Rehman is a famous writer and politician from Bahawalpur, Punjab. She has received several great awards including Sitara-e-Imtiaz. Adeeb International Ludhiana gave her the title of Malka-e-Sukhan.

9. Sarwat Nazir

Sarwat Nazir is famous novel writer, drama writer, and screenwriter. Her screenplay Main Abdul Qadir hoon is one of the best Hum TV dramas. Some of her literary works include, Roshan Sitara, Main Abd-ul-Qadir hun, Gawa Rehna, and many other novels.

10. Razia Butt

Razia Butt was a famous Pakistan writer from Wazirabad, Pakistan. She has written plenty of Urdu novels including, Bano, Adhi Kahani, Chahat, Roop, Reeta, Shabbo, Amma, Mehru, Aaina, and many other books. Her novel Bano was picked for the drama serial Dastan.

11. Uzma Aslam Khan

Uzma Aslam Khan is an author of many famous novels including The Story of Noble Rot, Trespassing, Thinner than Skin, The Missing, and several other writings. For her works, she received many awards and nominations including Commonwealth Prize, Independent Publish Book, DSC Prize, and KLF best fiction award.

12. Ayesha Jalal

Ayesha Jalal is a famous Pakistani novelist, writer, Educator, and teacher. She is a professor in the Tufts University, Massachusetts. She received several awards for her works, especially Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2009.

13. Farhat Ishtiaq

Farhat Ishtiaq has written several great romantic novels including, Humsafar, Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu, Diyar-e-Dil, Mere humdum Mere Dost, and several other novels and short stories. She also wrote the story of the famous movie Bin Roye that was later adopted as a drama series.

14. Shahrukh Husain

Shahrukh Husain is a Pakistani origin fiction/non-fiction writer. Besides writing novels, she also serves as a psychotherapist, folklorist, and storyteller. She currently lives in London. Famous books by Shahrukh Husain include, A Restless Wind, Daughter of the Moon: Witch Tales from around the World, and Handsome Heroines.

15. Zahida Hina

Zahida Hina is famous Pakistani novelist, short story writer, columnist, and dramatist. She got her education from the University of Karachi. Zahida Hina has worked in several media channels including BBC Urdu, Radio Pakistan, and the Voice of America. She has won several awards including, Faiz Award, Literary Performance Award, Sindh Speaker Award, and SAARC literary Award.

16. Zaib-un-Nisa Hamidullah

Zaib-un-Nisa was a famous Pakistani writer and journalist. She was the first Pakistani female editor (in English). She was the founder of the famous magazine, Mirror. Zaib-un-Nisa was also the first Muslim columnist for an Indian newspaper. Lotus Leaves, Sixty days in America, The Young Wife, and The flute of a Memory are some of her famous writings.

17. Fatima Bhutto

Fatima Bhutto is a famous writer and activist from Pakistan. She is the granddaughter of the late Pakistani Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, niece of Benazir Bhutto. In 2010, she published her first book, the Songs of Blood and Song. She also has her interests in Pakistan’s politics.

18. Fatima Surayya Bajia

Fatima Surayya Bajia is a famous playwright, drama, and novel writer. Her famous plays include, Ana, Shama, Aroosa, Aaghai, Arzoo, and many other piece of writings. She also recept many awards include Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance award.

19. Umera Ahmad

Umera Ahmad is famous for writing several dramas and plays. Pir-e-kamil and Meri Zaat Zaara-e-Benishan are a few of the famous works by Umeraa Ahmad. Many of her plays were adopted in the GEO TV drama series. Kankar and Maat are a few TV series based on her stories.

20. Shaila Abdullah

Shaila Abdullah is a famous Pakistani-American author, writer, and designer. Her book Saffron dream is praised by many magazines and media channels. Her other books include, Beyond the Cayenne Wall, My Friend’s Suhana, Rain in search of a rainbow and a Manual for Marco. She recept many awards for her great writing, including, Patras Bukhari award, Golden Quill award, Norumbega Jury Prize, and several other nominations.

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