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Monica Ali

UK flag (b.1967)

Monica Ali has been named by Granta as one of the twenty best young British novelists. She is the author of In the Kitchen, Alentejo Blue, and Brick Lane, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

Genres: Literary Fiction, General Fiction
New Books
March 2023

Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2003) : Brick Lane

Monica Ali recommends
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint (2001)
Brady Udall
"A wild and wondrous tale... I was utterly charmed by it."
About Grace (2004)
Anthony Doerr
"I loved this wonderful book."
The Family Tree (2004)
Carole Cadwalladr
"Funny, fast and fresh. . . . Hats off to Carole Cadwalladr. It was such a pleasure to read. . . . A rare find."
The Memory of Love (2010)
Aminatta Forna
"A subtle and complex exploration of both the psyche of a war-torn African state and the attractions which it holds for an outsider. Forna is a writer of great talent and courage, one who never shies away from asking the difficult question."
A Spool of Blue Thread (2015)
Anne Tyler
"What a wonderful, natural writer she is . . . She knows all the secrets of the human heart."
Never Anyone But You (2018)
Rupert Thomson
"NEVER ANYONE BUT YOU is a delightful, surprising and highly accomplished novel that puts a hidden piece of history into its long overdue place in the spotlight. Rupert Thomson deftly weaves a story that spans several decades, the Paris surrealists, Nazi-occupied Jersey, heroic acts of resistance, and intense and enduring (and forbidden) love into one seamless whole. I was gripped, thrilled, entertained and deeply moved."
My Phantoms (2021)
Gwendoline Riley
"I read My Phantoms with great pleasure. It's a wonderful combination of achingly sad and subversively funny, simultaneously sharp and tender, and always finely observed. The dialogue is pitch perfect. The relationships are agonising. It's a subtle book, with big themes lightly drawn and precisely rendered, about how to live and how to love."
Scary Monsters (2022)
Michelle de Kretser
"Scary Monsters is a novel of luminous intelligence and profound depth, written with verve, humor, and exceptional elegance."
Call and Response (2023)
Gothataone Moeng
"It's a terrific collection, deeply rooted in place, sharply observed, comic, fierce, with a fine sense of the tragedy and absurdity of life. I hope it attracts the wide readership it deserves."
Last House Before the Mountain (2023)
Monika Helfer
"[Last House] is beautiful and heartbreaking, and readers will fall in love with Maria. It's also a profound meditation on the stories we tell about ourselves, the stories others tell about us, how those stories are handed down the generations, and the effect of inherited narratives and memories on our lives. I absolutely loved it."
My Nemesis (2023)
Charmaine Craig
"A blisteringly smart novel about feminism, identity and desire that refuses easy answers and will linger for a long time in my mind."
A House for Alice (2023)
Diana Evans
"A wise, tender novel about family and love that explores the tension between duty and desire and the question of what 'home' really means."
8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster (2023)
Mirinae Lee
"A wild ride of a novel that embodies twentieth-century Korean history through the mesmerising, heartbreaking and deeply fractured personal history of one woman and her many incarnations."
Little Monsters (2023)
Adrienne Brodeur
"Smart, funny and beautifully written. Brodeur is a brilliant dissector of family relationships, a lyricist of the natural world, and an astute observer of our inner turmoils."

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