novelist, born in Bangladesh to an English mother and a Bangladeshi father, and raised from the age of three in Bolton, Manchester. She studied at Oxford University. Her award‐winning first novel, Brick Lane (2003), describes the experiences of Nazneen, born in Bangladesh but living with a husband and children in London's multicultural Tower Hamlets. An exploration of immigrant experience and cultural integration/alienation, Ali followed this with Alentejo Blue (2006), which takes as its setting the Portuguese village of Mamarrosa; like its predecessor this is a book about a community, and again one filled with a rich and strikingly varied array of characters. In 2003, Ali was named among Granta magazine's Best of Young British Novelists.