In the Kitchen

In the Kitchen

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Who ends up in the kitchen, Gabe?' 'Misfits,' he said, 'psychos, exiles, culinary artists, and people who just need a job.' In The Kitchen is Monica Ali's stunning follow up to Brick Lane. It opens with a mysterious death in the cellars of a smart, cosmopolitan hotel and over the course of the ensuing pages, peels back the layers of polyglot London to reveal the melting pot which exists below. Once again it confirms Monica Ali not only as a great modern storyteller but also an acute observer of the vagaries of a contemporary culture.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 110 x 178 x 33mm | 300g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552774871
  • 9780552774871
  • 178,143

About Monica Ali

Monica Ali is one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists of the decade, Newcomer of the Year at the 2004 British Book Awards and has been nominated for most of the major literary prizes in Britain. Her first novel, Brick Lane, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the George Orwell Prize for political writing and the prestigious Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Internationally there has been similar recognition, including, in the United States, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times 'First Fiction' Prize, for which the book was shortlisted. Monica Ali lives in London with her husband and two children, and is working on her next novel.show more

Review quote

"A novel of quiet pleasures, with a perplexed hero who always rings true." Mail on Sunday "Her descriptions of Gabe's disassociated states are excellent...this is an ambitious book from a writer not content to revisit familiar territory...Serious and intelligent." Independent "Ali's strengths lie in a cool authorial distance, and a passion for detail" The Times "A compelling story..Ali is second to none when it comes to capturing modes of speech...Monica Ali is shaping up to be a fine novelist" Sunday Express "The kitchen of the title is the Imperial Hotel in central London, and Ali's dazzling accounts of its manic goings-on make the chef Anthony Bourdain's gory memoir, Kitchen Confidential, seem as genteel as Fanny Cradock." Sunday Timesshow more

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"A novel of quiet pleasures, with a perplexed hero who always rings true." Mail on Sundayshow more

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1,515 ratings
2.7 out of 5 stars
5 5% (74)
4 18% (271)
3 35% (523)
2 28% (424)
1 15% (223)
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