Nikita Lalwani was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (UK) in 2018. She is a novelist and screenwriter. 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 ( Penguin UK, June 2020) revolves around a London restaurant and its enigmatic proprietor Tuli, a man known for offering under-the-counter loans, legal aid and safe passage to those in need. YOU PEOPLE has been optioned for television by World Productions, creators of 'The Bodyguard' and "In The Line of Duty' with Lalwani attached as screenwriter. She has co-written an episode of the forthcoming BBC1/Amazon studios series 'The Offenders', created by Stephen Merchant. Nikita wrote the opening essay for AIDS Sutra, an anthology exploring the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in India, and is a trustee of the UK human rights organization LIBERTY.