Attia Hosain (1913–1998) is a writer, feminist and broadcaster. She was born in 1913 in Lucknow in a taluqdar background. She moved to Britain in 1947.
Attia was born in Lucknow and went to the local La Martiniere Girls' College. She was the daughter of Sheikh Shahid Husain Kidwai and Nisar Fatima, the daughter of Syed Maqbool Hussain Alvi of Kakori.
She studied at Isabella Thoburn College from the age of fifteen and Lucknow University.
She moved to Britain in 1947 and became a broadcaster for the BBC, hosting a popular women's radio programme.
Attia's great-niece is the Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie. Her son is British television director Waris Hussein, her daughter is film producer[ Shama Habibullah.].
- Gold medal when she became the first women from a Taluqdar family to graduate from the University of Lucknow in 1933. (She married Ali Bahadur Haibullah in the same year on February 27).
- The Attia Hosain Trust at Newnham College, Cambridge was set up to fund public lectures on multiculturalism and is presently (2007) funding the fees of South Asian women students at the College.
List of works (incomplete)
- Phoenix Fled, Chatto & Windus, 1953
- Sunlight on a Broken Column, Chatto & Windus, 1961
- Cooking the Indian Way, 1967