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Untold Story


She was the most famous woman in the world. She died tragically, too young, in a terrible accident. The world mourned. Monica Ali, the beloved author of Brick Lane, explores the extraordinary question: what if she hadn't died?

Lydia lives in a nondescript town somewhere in the American Midwest. She's a nice, normal woman - if strikingly beautiful. She lives a nice, normal life: her friends are normal, her job is normal, her hobbies are normal. Her friends and boyfriend adore her.

But her past is shrouded in mystery. Who is Lydia? Where does she come from? And why is her English accent so posh?

Lydia is a woman with secrets. Extraordinary secrets. She might even be the most famous woman on the planet... a woman whose death the world mourned by millions.

Who is she?

*~*~* Praise for Untold Story*~*~*

 'A beautiful, gripping accomplishment, a treat for the heart and the head, and will be a joy to readers who believe in the possibility that a book can transform your basic sense of life'   Andrew O'Hagan

 'A terrific, clever, multi-layered and subtle book (and let's not forget - hugely entertaining)'   Joanne Harris

 'Haunting and intensely readable, this is something between a thriller and a ghost story'   Lady Antonia Fraser

'A startlingly intelligent, perceptive and entertaining piece of fiction. It's quite brilliant'   Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror

'Thoughtful, compassionate... a suspenseful and gripping read'  Suzi Feay, Financial Times

 'Ali's third-person princess is a very convincing and sympathetic figure... extremely skilfully done'    Tibor Fischer, Observer

Photo Credit: Liz Emerson

Monica Ali has been named by Granta as one of the twenty best young British novelists. She is the author of In the Kitchen, Alentejo Blue, and Brick Lane, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (July 5, 2012)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471100093