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Monica Ali discovers the world of hotels

By Susha  

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When novelist Monica Ali decided to set her third book in a hotel kitchen, she did a year’s research, spending time in five different London hotels and reading a small mountain of non-fiction books about the restaurant and hotel trades. At the end of it, she had so much material that she almost didn’t know where to begin. Hotels are a rich source of stories and characters for writers,…

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