Anam at the Free Word Centre, London in November 2015
|Native name||তাহমিমা আনাম|
8 October 1975 |
|Occupation||Writer, novelist, columnist|
MA Creative Writing
|Alma mater||Mount Holyoke College
Royal Holloway, University of London
|Spouse||Roland O. Lamb (m. 2010)|
|Relatives||Mahfuz Anam (father)
Abul Mansur Ahmed
Tahmima Anam (Bengali: তাহমিমা আনাম; born 8 October 1975) is a British 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.
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.
In 2011 she contributed a short story "The Music of the Maple" to an anthology supporting The Woodland Trust. The anthology - Why Willows Weep - has so far helped The Woodland Trust plant approximately 50,000 trees, and is to be re-released in paperback format in 2016.
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 has resided in Kilburn, London for the last decade.
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
|2007||A Golden Age||John Murray||ISBN 978-0719560095|
|2011||The Good Muslim||ISBN 978-1847679758|
|2016||The Bones of Grace||Harper Collins||ISBN 978-0061478949|
- "Women – Welcome to British Bangladeshi Power 100". British Bangladeshi Power 100. January 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- Bergquist, Karin (2007). "Mahfuz Anam". culturebase.net. Retrieved 31 January 2007. Outspoken editor from Bangladesh
- Razzaque, Rana. "Biography of Abul Mansur Ahmed". Banglapedia. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- "The outsider". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
- "Bookseller report on Tahmima Anam". Retrieved 1 January 2007.
- "The outsider". Prothom Alo. 13 January 2007.
- "Tahmima Anam". The Guardian. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
- Hong, Terry (July 2011). "An Interview with Tahmima Anam". Bookslut. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- Roy, Amit. "Eye on England: Good Author". Telegraph India. Retrieved 17 October 2012.