Tahmima Anam talks about her award winning first novel, A Golden Age.
It tells the story of a woman trying to protect her family during the 1971 Liberation War in Bangladesh. Tahmima was inspired by her parents who were freedom fighters during the war.
She researched the war which covered the central part of her post graduation work. She stayed in Bangladesh for two years and interviewed hundreds of war fighters.
Tahmima was born in Dhaka, grew up in Paris, New York City, and Bangkok. She trained as an anthropologist, earning a PhD from Harvard University, USA.
She comes from an illustrious literary family in Bangladesh. Her father Mahfuz Anam is the editor of Daily Star newspaper in Bangladesh. Her grandfather Abul Mansur Ahmed was a renowned satirist and politician whose works in Bengali remain popular to this day.