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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 noticed. 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 innocence. 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 novel 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 202g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141030399
  • 9780141030395
  • 215,241

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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
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Compelling, heart-wrenching and laced with redemptive hope . . . Touching and funny * Observer * A giddy portrayal of youthful exuberance unleashed that rings startlingly true * Metro * A poignant, vivid debut. Beautifully describes the dramas of growing up -- , Book of the Month * Marie Claire * Accomplished and confident. Much to admire from the assured descriptions to the well judged blend of comedy and drama * The Times * Beautiful, brilliant . . . Unveils the grand emotions and tiny details of other people's lives with insight, compassion, humour and heartbreaking honesty * Stephen Merchant * The novel's triumph is in elucidating the hurt of both child and parents. Lalwani compellingly depicts the pain and pleasure of breaking the rules * New Statesman * Lalwani's evocation of teenage dislocation is pitch-perfect and she inhabits her heroine's interior world with tender authority * Guardian * Pinpoints with genuine insight the bewilderment and anguish of a young woman marked out from her peers * Sunday Times * Superb, brilliantly realised. The searing narrative is unflinchingly and tenderly written * Independent * 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 *
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About Nikita Lalwani

Nikita Lalwani was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff. Her first novel Gifted was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the Desmond Elliott Prize. She lives in London.
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1,010 ratings
3.19 out of 5 stars
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4 29% (288)
3 40% (408)
2 18% (179)
1 4% (45)
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