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The Village

‘Lalwani has a rare gift for getting inside character…a tough, engaging and often funny read where all your preconceptions will be overturned and no-one is quite how they seem.’

Louise Doughty
Novelist, Playwright & Critic

The Village by Nikita Lalwani is a disturbing and utterly gripping modern morality tale set in contemporary India.

On a winter morning Ray Bhullar arrives at the gates of an Indian village. She is here to make a film. But this will be no ordinary tale about India – for this is no ordinary village. It is an open prison, inhabited by murderers. An apparent innocent among the guilty, Ray tries hard to be accepted. But the longer she and the rest of the crew stay, the more the need for drama increases. Soon the fragile peace of the village will be shattered and, despite Ray’s seemingly good intentions, the motives of the visitors and the lives of the inhabitants will be terrifyingly, brutally exposed.

About Nikita Lalwani:

Nikita Lalwani’s first novel Gifted was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. It has been translated into 16 languages. In June 2008 Nikita Lalwani won the Desmond Elliot Prize for New Fiction, which she donatedto human rights organisation Liberty. Lalwani was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff. She is a judge for the book section of the Orwell Prize in 2013.

The Village is published by Viking. Read our review of The Village here.