Nikita Lalwani


Nikita Lalwani FRSL is a novelist born in Kota, Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff, Wales.[1]

Her work has been translated into sixteen languages. She studied English at Bristol University.[2]

Her first book, Gifted (2007), was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize[3] and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.[4] Lalwani was nominated as Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.[5] In June 2008, she won the inaugural Desmond Elliott Prize for Fiction.[6] She donated the £10,000 prize to human rights campaigners, Liberty.[7]

Lalwani's second book, The Village, was published in 2012[8] and was selected as one of eight titles for the Fiction Uncovered campaign for the best of British fiction in 2013.[9]

Lalwani has contributed to The Guardian, the New Statesman and The Observer. She has also written for AIDS Sutra,[10] an anthology exploring the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in India.[9]

In 2013, Lalwani was a book judge for the Orwell Prize.[11] In 2018, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.[9] She was later a judge for the Royal Society of Literature Encore Prize in 2019.[12] In the same year, she contributed to the anthology Resist: Stories of Uprising.[13][14] Her novel You People,[15] set in a West London pizzeria where most of the staff are illegal immigrants, was published in 2020[16] by Penguin and in 2021 by McSweeneys USA.[17] Lalwani co-wrote[18] episode 3 of The Outlaws with Stephen Merchant for BBC One/Amazon Studios,[19] which was broadcast on BBC One on 8 November 2021.

She lives in North London.[20]


  1. ^ "Nikita Lalwani". Penguin Books. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  2. ^ "How We Met: Stephen Merchant & Nikita Lalwani". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Man Booker Longlist Announced: Man Booker Prize news". Man Booker Prize. 7 August 2007. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  4. ^ Costa Book Awards, September 30 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  5. ^ David Byers. "Oxford Literary Festival 2008: Young Writer of the Year". The Sunday Times. London. Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  6. ^ "The 2008 Prize, Desmond Elliott Prize". Archived from the original on 22 April 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  7. ^ Guy Dammann (27 June 2008). "Nikita Lalwani's Gifted wins Desmond Elliott Prize". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  8. ^ Doshi, Tishani (22 June 2012). "The Village by Nikita Lalwani - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  9. ^ a b c "Royal Society of Literature » Nikita Lalwani". Retrieved 11 October 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "An infectious cause". India Today. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  11. ^ Flood, Alison (17 April 2013). "Orwell prize shortlist led by posthumous Marie Colvin collection". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Sally Rooney's 'Normal People' wins Encore Award 2019". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Resist: Stories of Uprising" at Amazon.
  14. ^ "Stories of Uprising: Comma Press' Resist anthology - The Skinny". Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  15. ^ "You People by Nikita Lalwani review – the limits of compassion".
  16. ^ "You People"
  18. ^ "Nikita Lalwani". IMDb.
  19. ^ "The Outlaws". BBC.
  20. ^ "Nikita Lalwani". Retrieved 11 October 2019.

External linksEdit

  • Author's website