Place of birth
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom

Monica Ali

Short biography
Monica Ali is the author of four books, Brick Lane, Alentejo Blue, In the Kitchen, and Untold Story. 

Monica Ali is the daughter of English and Bangladeshi parents.

She came to England at three years old, 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, and her third, In the Kitchen, in 2009. Her latest novel is Untold Story (2011).

Monica Ali lives in London with her husband and children. She was named in 2003 by Granta magazine as one of twenty 'Best of Young British Novelists'.