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Monica Ali denies Diana book is a money spinner

6th April 2011

Brick Lane author Monica Ali has denied claims she is cashing in on the upcoming royal wedding by releasing a novel that was inspired by the life and death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Ali's Untold Story follows the ups and downs of a fictional princess who fakes her own death to get out of the media spotlight.

In an exclusive Sky News interview, she claimed that the timing of the release - one month before the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton - was merely coincidental.

She said that the first draft of the novel was delivered in July of last year, several months before Prince William made his engagement to Middleton official by giving her his mother's engagement ring.

However, Ali did say that the coincidence was fortuitous in terms of publicity.

'When the engagement was announced in November my first thought was it seemed like insensitive timing but actually it has turned out to be stroke of good luck,' she added.

However, royal commentator Dickie Arbiter claimed that Untold Story was sensationalist, describing Ali as 'somebody desperate for an idea for a book'.

Ali is no stranger to controversy and her debut novel Brick Lane, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2003, caused an uproar in the Bangladeshi community it portrayed.

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