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In a voice that is by turns very funny and fiercely tender, Gifted by Nikita Lalwani brings us a captivating story of high aspirations and deep longing, and of the sometime loneliness of childhood. Cardiff in the 1980s is a place where maths can get you ticed. Rumis Vasi is the town's 'maths prodigy': untangling numbers and Rubik's Cubes protects her from the harsh vagaries of the playground and gives a pattern to her world. But after years of her father's determined tutoring, Rumi finds that numbers are beginning to lose their incence. India infuses her with a romantic sense of belonging and, as she grows older, and desire becomes a dirty word in the Vasi household, the idea of love is opened up to painful examination. 'A sparkling funny and poignant study of a young maths prodigy struggling with her gift and a difficult family' Gerard Woodward, Books Of The Year, Observer 'Superb, brilliantly realised. The searing narrative is unflinchingly and tenderly written' Independent 'Compelling, heart-wrenching and laced with redemptive hope ...Touching and funny' Observer Nikita Lalwani was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff. Her first vel Gifted was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the Desmond Elliott Prize. She lives in London.
Nikita Lalwani was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff. Gifted is her first novel and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Glen Dimplex Fiction Award 2007. She lives in London.
Commended for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2007. Shortlisted for Whitbread Book Awards: First Novel Category 2007 and Glen Dimplex New Writers Awards: Fiction 2007 and Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2007. Long-listed for Desmond Elliott Prize 2008.