Nikita Lalwani was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff.
Her first novel GIFTED was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.
It is currently being translated into 16 languages.
Her most recent publication is an essay in the anthology AIDS SUTRA.
In June 2008 Nikita Lalwani won the Desmond Elliot Prize for New Fiction.
She collaborated with poet and refugee Mir Mahfuz Ali to write a poem that was used as part of Liberty’s Charge or Release campaign and performed on The Verb for BBC Radio 3 as part of National Refugee Week.
Gifted was adapted for BBC Radio 4 as a drama for Woman’s Hour, which won the Best Radio Drama category in the Mental Health Media Awards 2008
‘Not the least of Nikita Lalwani’s achievements in this superb debut novel lies in her ability to present the tragedy of a gifted second-generation immigrant girl within the framework of larger throes…
The novel is especially memorable for its sensuous power. Lalwani not only knows her characters’ minds: she is able to record, in wincing detail, events within their very mouths.The searing narrative is unflinchingly and tenderly written, in every sense of the word tender.’
The Independent on Sunday, UK on: Nikita Lalwani