Monica Ali (pictured) is the daughter of English and Bangladeshi parents. She came to England aged three years, her first home being in 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 a bestseller, was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and made into a film.
Her second novel, Alentejo Blue, set in Portugal, was published in 2006, followed by In The Kitchen. Untold Story is her fourth novel.