An epic yet intimate novel set in the Asian community in London’s East End, full of warm humour and strikingly imagined by Monica Ali.

Still a teenager, Nazneen finds herself in an arranged marriage with a disappointed man twenty years her senior. Away from the mud, heat and beauty of her Bangladeshi village, home is now a cramped flat in a high-rise block. Brick Lane explores the role of fate in our lives - those who accept it, those who defy it - by tracing the extraordinary transformation of a cautious and shy Asian girl to a bold and dignified woman.

The Man Booker Prize 2003
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Monica Ali

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Monica Ali was born Bangladesh, and grew up in England. Her first novel, Brick Lane, was shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize.
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