Tahmima Anam was
born in Dhaka,
Bangladesh in 1975, and grew up in Paris, New York City, and Bangkok, as a
consequence of her father's career with the UNICEF. She completed her undergraduate education at Mount Holyoke College in 1997. She trained as an anthropologist,
earning a PhD from Harvard University . In 2005 she completed an MA
in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway , London. Anam is the recipient of a Writing Fellowship from the Arts Council of England ..
Anam's first novel
was published in March, 2007, by John Murray. Tahmima picked the Bangladesh Liberation War as her first
subject to write the novel A Golden Age . In an exclusive interview with VOA
Bangla Service Tahmima said that she was inspired by her parents who were
freedom fighters during the war.
and facts on Bangladesh war of liberation was also enriched by her research on
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.