Nikita Lalwani was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.
Nikita Lalwani‘s 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. Nikita wrote the opening essay for AIDS Sutra, an anthology exploring the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in India.