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  • 'Ali has an impressive command of her story, but her real gift is in the richness of the lives she has created, populating Nazneen's London with a very entertaining cast of comic characters'

    The Times
  • 'I was totally gripped by Brick Lane. A brilliant evocation of sensuality which might occur anywhere'

    Daily Telegraph
  • 'Written with a wisdom and skill that few authors attain in a lifetime'

    The Sunday Times
  • 'Comedy and poignancy abound...Brick Lane is a wonderful debut'

    Sunday Telegraph
  • 'Brick Lane has everything: richly complex characters, a gripping story and it's funny too'

  • 'Monica Ali brings humour, grace and the special qualities of the best of Asian fiction to a narrative concerned with acceptance and denial...Wry and intelligent, subtle and graceful in its mix of formal prose, blackly despairing humour and fabulous characterization, this is a rich human novel'

    Irish Times
  • 'The kind of novel that surprises one with its depth and dash; it is a novel that will last'

  • 'A wonderful first novel. Ali's writing is stunning, almost poetic at times, and she has a beautifully inventive turn of phrase'

    Mail on Sunday
  • 'This highly evolved, accomplished book is a reminder of how exhilarating novels can be: it opened up a world whose contours I could recognize, but which I needed Monica Ali to make me understand'

  • 'So uplifting as well as so important'

    Daily Telegraph

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