Dr Nikita Lalwani (FRSL)

Personal profile

Nikita Lalwani was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

Her work has been translated into sixteen languages. Her first novel, GIFTED  – the story of a child prodigy of Indian origin growing up in Wales – was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the inaugural Desmond Elliott Prize for Fiction. Her second, THE VILLAGE, was modelled on a real-life ‘prison village’ in northern India, and won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize.

Her third novel, YOU PEOPLE revolves around a London restaurant and its enigmatic proprietor, a man known for offering under-the-counter loans, legal aid and safe passage to those in need. It will be published by Viking UK in April 2020.

Lalwani has contributed journalism and essays to the Guardian (UK), the New Statesman (UK), the Times (UK) and to a non-fiction anthology AIDS SUTRA, exploring the human stories around AIDS and HIV in India. She has been a judge for the Orwell prize for political writing, the RSL Encore prize for second novels, the London Library emerging writers scheme, and has appeared on HARD TALK (BBC), THE AGENDA (ITV) and WOMAN'S HOUR (BBC R4). She works regularly with the human rights organisation LIBERTY. 


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