Tahmima Anam is a British Bangladeshi writer. She is daughter of honorable freedom fighter Mahfuz Anam and grandchild of honorable litterateur Abul Mansur Ahmed. She is not only a writer but also novelist and columnist. She was born in 1975 at Dhaka. Her family moved to Paris due to her father’s job when she was four years old. But in 1991, they moved back to Bangladesh. From that time Mahfuz Anam started his career as Editor of “The Daily Star”.
Tahmima Anam graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1997. In 2005, she received a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University. The topics her thesis is war, violence, and habitations of memory in post-independence Bangladesh.” In later of 2005, she completed her MA from University of London in creative writing at Royal Holloway.
The first novel of Tahmima was published by John Murray in March 2007. She elected to choose the Bangladesh Liberation War as her first topic to write the novel “A Golden Age”. Anam was inspired to write about by her parents as they freedom fighter. Tahmima also researched the war for her post graduation. She stayed in Bangladesh for two years. During that time she interviewed hundreds of fighters of liberation war. She also worked on the set of film “Matir Moina” which is the mirror of the situation during the war.
The second novel of Tahmima Anam “The Good Muslim” a follow-up to A Golden Age was published in 2011. It was nominated for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize long list. After that her short-story “Garments” was published in 2015. The story has been inspired from building collapse of Rana plaza. On that time it brought her the O. Henry Award and BBC National Short Story Award. She became a judge for “The Man Booker International Prize” in 2016. Another novel “The Bones of Grace” has published under Harper Collins in 2016. She was nominated as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2017.