Yasmin Crowther Biography
Yasmin Crowther is the product of an
Anglo-Iranian household (Iranian mother and British father). She says that she
"feels like I am a part of both places and not fully understood by either
place", and that's one reason she wrote The Saffron Kitchen, her first
novel, to try and communicate how difficult it is to bridge both worlds, and yet
how fundamentally essential it feels to be able to make that bridge.
Her mother, like Maryam in The Saffron Kitchen, grew up in Mashhad, and
spent her summers in a village which is the basis of the fictional Mazareh. Like
Maryam, her mother also came to England in her twenties; but there the
similarity between Crowther's protagonist and her mother ends, she assures us
The Saffron Kitchen is entirely fictional.
She grew up visiting Iran regularly before the revolution (1979), and visited
again to research her book, spending time in Mashhad and also in the village on
which Mazareh is based.
She attended Oxford University and is now the director of the London office of
SustainAbility (on extended leave to write The Saffron Kitchen), which
advises clients on the risks and opportunities associated with corporate
responsibility and sustainable development. She lives in Devon.
This biography was last updated on 06/16/2011.
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