Monica Ali is a bestselling writer whose work has been translated into 26 languages. She is the author of five books: Brick Lane, Alentejo Blue, In the Kitchen, Untold Story and most recently Love Marriage. Her debut novel, Brick Lane, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Ali was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best of Young British Novelists, and has judged a number of literary prizes including as Chair of the Asian Man Booker. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Times, The New Yorker and The New York Times, among several other publications. She is a Fellow of the RSA and of the Orwell Prize, and was, from 2015 to 2018, Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Surrey.