Author of Brick Lane
Hijri 1387-Present (AH); Common Era 1967–Present (CE)
Monica Ali is the author of Brick Lane, the novel which brought international attention to the Bangladeshi immigrant experience in the UK. Ali is the daughter of a Bangladeshi father and an English mother. Her family moved to the UK when she was three years old. She grew up in a poor area in Britain and later moved when she was accepted to Oxford University. After graduating with degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, she worked in the fields of publishing and marketing. In 2003, after the birth of her second child, Ali began writing and published her first novel, Brick Lane. Following publication, Ali was named one of the “20 best young British novelists” by the literary magazine, Granta, and the novel was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. It was later made into a film and released in 2007. Her other work includes Alentejo Blue (2006) and In the Kitchen (2009). Ali lives in southeast London with her husband and her two children.