Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Monica Ali: I was daunted by using Princess Diana as inspiration

5th January 2011

Monica Ali has admitted that it was 'daunting' to write a what-if novel inspired by Princess Diana.

The 43-year-old, who was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction with her debut Brick Lane, told the Daily Mail that the protagonist of her new novel Untold Story is based on Diana and imagines what her life would have been like if the fatal crash in Paris had never occurred.

Claiming that the novel is a 'homage' to the princess, Ali said that it was worrying to base a character on one of the world's most famous women, but added: 'When I started researching the book, though, I was fascinated by how she broke all the boundaries, how supremely iconoclastic she was, and I had to carry on writing.'

The novelist also said that despite the work's premise and setting, it essentially deals with the same theme as her previous books - namely 'what makes a person who they are'.

Ali lost out on winning the 2003 Man Booker Prize to D.B.C. Pierre, who took home the honour with Vernon God Little.
 

Latest Blog
Tom Fort asks which Writer Best Depicted the Reality of the English Village
28/04/2017

Tom reviews some much-loved novels set in English villages and asks where we go for the most realistic depiction.

Philippa Gregory Looks Back on Thirty Years of Writing Historical Fiction
27/04/2017

Read an extract from Philippa Gregory's Foreword to the 30th anniversary edition of her first published novel, Wideacre.

Foyles' Find Your Way Through ... Depression
24/04/2017

How the tv series 13 Reasons Why and Prince Harry's revelations about his own mental health have both sparked important debates about teen wellbeing.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd