Monica Ali Biography
Monica Ali is the daughter of English and Bangladeshi parents. She was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and came to England aged three years old. Her first home was in Bolton in Greater Manchester, she later studied at Oxford University.
Her first novel, Brick Lane (2003), is an epic saga about an immigrant Bangladeshi family living in London. She was voted Granta's Best of Young British Novelists on the basis of the unpublished manuscript and the book was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. A movie adaptation was released in 2007.
Her second novel, Alentejo Blue, set in Portugal, was published in 2006.
Her third novel, In The Kitchen, was published in 2009.
She lives in south London with her husband and two children.
This biography was last updated on 07/05/2009.
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