One Minute With: Tahmima Anam, novelist
Saturday 28 April 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm at the British Library, where I arrive at 9.30am every morning. I'm looking at a row of people hard at work, except for one man who watches movies all day.
What are you currently reading?
Colum McCann's brilliant 'Let the Great World Spin'.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Toni Morrison. I re-read 'Beloved' every few years and weep through the whole thing.
Describe the room where you usually write
When I really need to concentrate, I forsake the more public areas of the British Library for the Asian & African studies reading room.
What distracts you from writing?
My husband runs a start-up company. He returns from work with stories about what he's done that day.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I want to say Jane Eyre, but it would probably be Marianne Dashwood.
What are your readers like when you meet them?
Mostly very nice.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Muhammad Yunus. He has changed the conversation about poverty.
Tahmima Anam's 'The Good Muslim' is published by Canongate
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