Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book Award, Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award
Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She was selected as a Granta Best of Young British Novelist 2013. Her first novel, A Golden Age, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Costa First Novel Award in 2007, and was the winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Her second novel, The Good Muslim, was shortlisted for the 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and was also longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2011. She lives in London.
* A real page-turner, with a bravura, heart-stopping ending Sunday Telegraph * Deftly balances the story of nation against that of family ... heart-shattering -- Kamila Shamsie Guardian * A stunning novel Observer * The authenticity shines through beautiful, simple prose Harper's Bazaar * A striking story of a spirited mother struggling to bring up her children Financial Times * Compellingly twists the personal and the historical, humming with handed down wisdom Literary Review * Anam has done a service to her country ... No other writer has treated the subject with such clarity before Times Literary Supplement * A stunning debut. Anam writes of torture, brutality, refugees and desperation, but she also writes of love and joy, food and song Observer * I had tears in my eyes Woman's Own * An ambitious and powerful debut New Statesman * An assured, moving read The Times * Pays tribute, with sensitivity and restrained passion, to those who fought for one such arbour: a country called home Independent on Sunday * A steely tale of how one family deals with political unrest ... Moving and beautifully written Woman * An outstanding debut that glows with the golden hue of the title Easy Living * The book touches on love, devotion and hope -- Hephizibah Anderson Vogue * Anam is an intelligent, evocative and subtle writer and her tale of war from a woman's perspective is artful and moving The Age