Nikita Lalwani is a novelist born in Kota, Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff, Wales.

Her work has been translated into sixteen languages. She studied English at Bristol University.

Her first book, Gifted, was long listed for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Lalwani was also nominated as Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. In June 2008, Lalwani won the inaugural Desmond Elliott Prize for Fiction. She donated the £10,000 prize to human rights campaigners, Liberty.

Lalwani’s second book, The Village, was published in 2012 and selected as one of eight titles for the Fiction Uncovered campaign for the best of British fiction in 2013.

Lalwani has contributed to The Guardian, the New Statesman and The Observer and also written for AIDS Sutra, an anthology exploring the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in India.

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



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