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TWO CULTURES. TWO FAMILIES. TWO PEOPLE.

The new novel from the bestselling, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of BRICK LANE
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Funny, warm, powerful’ DIANA EVANS

‘Exquisitely written with big-heartedness, intelligence and passion’ RUTH JONES

‘Big-hearted, pitch-perfectly written, and utterly unputdownable’ NEEL MUKHERJEE

Yasmin Ghorami has a lot to be grateful for: a loving family, a fledgling career in medicine, and a charming, handsome fiancée, fellow doctor Joe Sangster.

But as the wedding day draws closer and Yasmin’s parents get to know Joe’s firebrand feminist mother, both families must confront the unravelling of long-held secrets, lies and betrayals.

As Yasmin dismantles her own assumptions about the people she holds most dear, she’s also forced to ask herself what she really wants in a relationship and what a ‘love marriage’ actually means.

Love Marriage is a story about who we are and how we love in today’s Britain – with all the complications and contradictions of life, desire, marriage and family. What starts as a captivating social comedy develops into a heart-breaking and gripping story of two cultures, two families and two people trying to understand one another.

‘Lit from end to end with storytelling brilliance’ ANDREW O’HAGAN

‘No one captures the modern family like Monica Ali. Love Marriage is full of surprises and unexpected twists, with an ending that will take your breath away’ TAHMIMA ANAM

‘A truly astonishing piece of writing – exquisite storytelling, featuring the most human portrayal of doctors I’ve ever read. I defy you to put this book down’ ADAM KAY

‘Every bit as compelling, as charming as Brick Lane. A joyous novelist at the peak of her formidable powers
writing fresh lives into our literary tradition’ DALJIT NAGRA


A gloriously vibrant and tender novel packed with wit, intelligence and wisdom. Her two junior
doctor protagonists are superbly drawn – flawed, courageous, flailing, human. Just brilliant’ RACHEL CLARKE

Reviews

A novel with the richness, and the throng and press and hum of life itself, LOVE MARRIAGE is bold, compassionate, big-hearted, pitch-perfectly written, and utterly unputdownable. Every single character lives and breathes on the page. Make time for all of them for they are going to take up residence in your mind and soul for a long, long time
Neel Mukherjee, Booker Prize shortlisted author of THE LIVES OF OTHERS
Through the construct of a marriage, Monica Ali imagines complex modern lives tip-toeing around and defying each other's sensitivities in a warm, affectionate and hilarious novel. Love Marriage is every bit as compelling, as charming as Brick Lane. A joyous novelist at the peak of her formidable powers writing fresh lives into our literary tradition
Daljit Nagra, author of LOOK WE HAVE COMING TO DOVER!
I absolutely loved it. It had me gripped and I was so invested in her brilliant characters with their fallibilities and secrets! I empathised with every one of them and really felt I knew them all as individuals. I loved how she so cleverly interwove their experiences to create such a fabulous story. She writes human frailty so well, and her astute observations on family dynamics are superb. Exquisitely written with big heartedness, intelligence and passion. This will be a hit I have no doubt
Ruth Jones, author of NEVER GREENER
I loved Love Marriage, and looked forward to reading it every night. Funny, compassionate, sexy, romantic, beautifully plotted and richly peopled, it is both highly original and working within a literary tradition of novels about love and marriage. Above all it is about the way that individuals are a mystery to each other, and themselves, wounding and misunderstanding each other, yet also about how, with patience and kindness, we can change for the better
Amanda Craig
I tore through Love Marriage. An engrossing read... Such a brilliant portrayal of how we can't help but be mortified by the ones we love, no matter how much we hate ourselves for it. Even in the characters' darkest and most desperate moments there is warmth - they're not perfect but you root for them all the same. I enjoyed my time peeking into their lives - and was happy to see everybody exactly where they should be (for better or worse) when it came time to leave them
Justin Myers
Funny, warm, powerful ... LOVE MARRIAGE has a warm intelligence and a sharp observational power, making the characters and the world of the story feel very alive
Diana Evans
I absolutely loved LOVE MARRIAGE. It's a story about love and family, about despair and forgiveness, about trauma and recovery, about expectation and responsibility, about friendship and community. Mostly, it's about having the courage to lose yourself, in order to find yourself again. It's big-hearted and tender and it's a novel that cares about its characters so deeply that you will too
Hannah Beckerman
No one captures the modern family like Monica Ali - Love Marriage is a masterful cacophony of characters, all drawn with deep empathy and sharp insight. The novel is full of surprises and unexpected twists, with an ending that will take your breath away
Tahmima Anam
This is such a gloriously vibrant and tender novel packed with wit, intelligence and wisdom. It has everything - clashing cultures, family rifts, suppressed addictions, desire, passion. Her two junior doctor protagonists are superbly drawn - flawed, courageous, flailing, human. Just brilliant
Rachel Clarke (2021)
I have loved every one of Monica Ali's books and LOVE MARRIAGE is her best. A huge, bounteous story, it is lit from end to end with human variety and storytelling brilliance. Ali writes like an angel who is not afraid of the devil. It will be a novel of the year and confirms Monica Ali as a national treasure
Andrew O'Hagan (2021)
A truly astonishing piece of writing - exquisite storytelling, featuring the most human portrayal of doctors I've ever read. I defy you to put this book down
Adam Kay (2021)