Nikita Lalwani is a novelist born in Kota, Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff, Wales. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Folio Academy. Her work has been translated into sixteen languages.

Her first book, GIFTED, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.  The Radio 4 adaptation of the novel won a Mental Health Media award. Lalwani was also nominated as Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. You can read an excerpt of the novel in the Guardian (UK) here.

In June 2008, Lalwani won the inaugural Desmond Elliott Prize for Fiction. She donated the prize to human rights campaigners, Liberty and works regularly with the organisation.

Lalwani’s second book, THE VILLAGE, was published in 2012 and won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered award in 2013. You can see her talk about the book here.

Her third book, YOU PEOPLE will be published by Viking UK in June 2020 . Advance praise for YOU PEOPLE:

‘Intelligent and heart-piercing – an exceptional novel about the Britain we live in, even if we choose not to see it’ Kamila Shamsie, author of  Home Fire. 

‘Enthralling as a thriller, yet also a beautiful human drama, and a serious enquiry into the possibility of goodness’ Tessa Hadley

You can  PRE-ORDER  You People  HERE or HERE .

Her short story ‘Two for One’, set during the 2011 England riots appears in the anthology RESIST: STORIES OF UPRISING published by Comma press in 2019. You can read about it here.

Lalwani has contributed to The Guardian (UK), the New Statesman and The Observer (UK). She has also written for AIDS Sutra, an anthology exploring the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in India. You can read her essay, ‘Mister X versus Hospital Y’ here. She has appeared on the ITV politics show The  Agenda and BBC’s Hard Talk.

She lives in North London. In 2013, Lalwani was a book judge for the Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. In 2019 she was a judge for the RSL Encore award. 




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