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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

That 'Cycle Of Writing Books'

 “I guess there's a sort of cycle with writing books. There's all the researching and then the imagining and writing - which is the real job - and then there's always a period when the book comes out and you have to lift your head and venture out.” – Monica Ali


Ali, who was born in Bangladesh on Oct. 20, 1967, now writes and lives in Great Britain – with her husband and two children – and was named one of the "Best of Young British Novelists" by Granta magazine just before her debut novel, Brick Lane, was shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize.    The novel also was adapted into an award-winning feature film.   Brick Lane is a street at the heart of London's Bangladeshi community and Ali's novel explores the life of Nazneen, a Bangladeshi woman who moves to the community at the age of 18 to marry an older man.  


Ali is a self-proclaimed introvert who none-the-less has been active in community and political organizations.  She is well known in Britain for her hard-hitting essays supporting social justice, and she now has authored 4 best-selling novels (with a 5th underway). 

“I always try to create conflict and drama in my books,” she said.  “It's the engine of the novel.”


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