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Biography Monica Ali

Monica Ali is the daughter of English and Bangladeshi parents. She came to England aged three years, her first home being Bolton in Greater Manchester, and later studied at Oxford University. Her first novel, Brick Lane (2003), is an epic saga about a Bangladeshi family living in the UK, and explores the British immigrant experience. It was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and made into a film, released in 2007.

Her second novel, Alentejo Blue, set in Portugal, was published in 2006.


Brick Lane   Doubleday, 2003

Alentejo Blue   Doubleday, 2006

In the Kitchen

Prizes and awards

2003   British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award   (shortlist)   Brick Lane

2003   British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year   Brick Lane

2003   Guardian First Book Award   (shortlist)   Brick Lane

2003   Man Booker Prize for Fiction   (shortlist)   Brick Lane

2003   WH Smith People's Choice Award   Brick Lane

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