Nikita Lalwani was born in India and brought up in Cardiff. Her first novel, Gifted, was released in 2007. It was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award. In 2008 Lalwani was nominated for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. She has previously contributed to the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Observer. In 2008 she also contributed to AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India. She also works with the Dalit Foundation to champion support for caste and gender equality in India, Liberty and The Lawyer’s Collective.