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Tahmima Anam

Tahmima Anam 

Native name তাহমিমা আনাম
Born 8 October 1975 (age 38)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Occupation Writer, novelist, columnist
Language English
Nationality Bangladeshi
Ethnicity Bengali
Education PhD Anthropology,
MA Creative Writing
Alma mater Mount Holyoke College
Harvard University
Royal Holloway, University of London
Years active 2007–present
Spouse Roland O. Lamb (m. 2010)
Relatives Mahfuz Anam (father)
Abul Mansur Ahmed
(paternal grandfather)

Tahmima Anam (Bengali: তাহমিমা আনাম; born 8 October 1975) is a Bangladeshi writer, novelist and columnist. Her first novel, A Golden Age, was published by John Murray in 2007 and was the Best First Book winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. In 2013 she was included in the Granta list of 20 best young writers. Her follow-up novel ‘The Good Muslim’ was nominated for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize.


Anam comes from an illustrious literary family in Bangladesh. Her father Mahfuz Anam is the editor and publisher of The Daily Star, an English-language newspaper in Bangladesh. Her grandfather Abul Mansur Ahmed was a satirist and politician whose works in Bengali remain popular to this day.


Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and grew up in Paris, New York City, and Bangkok, as a consequence of her father's career with the Unicef.
In 1997, Anam completed her undergraduate education at Mount Holyoke College. She earned a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University in 2004, for her thesis "Fixing the Past: War, Violence, and Habitations of Memory in Post-Independence Bangladesh." In 2005, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Anam is the recipient of a Writing Fellowship from the Arts Council of England.


In March 2007, Anam's first novel was published by John Murray. She picked the Bangladesh Liberation War as her first subject to write the novel A Golden Age. Anam was inspired by her parents who were freedom fighters during the war. Tahmima also researched the war which covered the central part of her post graduation. For the benefit of her research, she stayed in Bangladesh for two years and interviewed hundreds of war fighters. She also worked on the set of Tareque and Catherine Masud's critically acclaimed film Matir Moina (The Clay Bird) which reflects the happenings during that war.
As of 2008, Anam, is author and contributing editor of New Statesman of UK.
In 2011, her second novel The Good Muslim a sequel to A Golden Age was published. It was nominated for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize longlist.

Personal life

Anam's first husband was a Bangladeshi marketing executive. In 2010, Anam married an American inventor, Roland O. Lamb, whom she met at Harvard University. She currently resides in Kilburn, London.


Articles and short stories

"Saving the world". Granta 103 (Autumn): 213–223. 2008.
Bangladesh at the crossroads. Financial Times. 18 March 2011
Happy 40th birthday, Bangladesh. The Guardian. 24 March 2011
Rabindranath Tagore’s legacy lies in the freedom-seeking women of his fiction. The Independent. 6 May 2011
An education: Inside Bangladesh’s madrasas. The Guardian. 20 May 2011
My hero Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain. The Guardian. 27 May 2011


2007A Golden AgeISBN 978-0719560095
2011The Good MuslimISBN 978-1847679758

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