2016 International Booker Prize Judge
Tahmima Anam is a writer, novelist and columnist.
Bangladeshi-born British writer Anam grew up in Paris, New York and Bangkok. She earned a PhD in anthropology from Harvard University and completed her master of arts in creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her first novel, A Golden Age, was published in 2007 and was inspired by her parents, who were freedom fighters. In 2011 its sequel The Good Muslim was published and long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. In 2015 her short story, Garments, won the O. Henry Award and was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award.
The Bones of Grace was published in 2016 and the following year she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Anam’s op-ed column has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian and in the New Statesman. In 2021, her novel The Startup Wife was selected as a Best Book of 2021 by the Observer, Stylist, Cosmopolitan, Red and the Daily Mail.