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Gifted By Nikita Lalwani

Gifted
by Nikita Lalwani

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Numbers have filled Rumi Vasi's world since she first learned to count. But it was on a trip to India at the age of 8 that her mathematical powers acquired their significance. When she returned home to Cardiff her destiny was sealed: she was the town's 'maths prodigy. However, as Rumi gets older, numbers start to lose their magic.
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Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

Numbers have filled Rumi Vasi's world since she first learned to count. But it was on a trip to India at the age of 8 that her mathematical powers acquired their almost supernatural significance. When she returned home to Cardiff her destiny was sealed: she was now, and would forever be, the town's `maths prodigy'.

At 14 Rumi is firmly set on the path of a gifted child, speeding headlong towards Oxford University. As her father sees it, discipline is everything if the family has any hope of making its mark on its adoptive country. However, as Rumi gets older and the family's stark isolation intensifies, numbers start to lose their magic for the young teenager: she abandons the rigid timetable of her afternoons to seek out friendship and replaces equations with rampant spice abuse. As her longing for love and her parents' will to succeed deepen so too does the rift between generations.

Gifted captures brilliantly the battle to come of age in an emotional and comic hinterland, where histories, arithmetic and cumin seeds all play a part. In a voice that is by turns very funny and fiercely acute Nikita Lalwani brings vividly to life a young family's search for recognition and how that search can break a family apart. A story of high aspirations and deep desires, and of the sometime loneliness of childhood, Gifted is a dazzling debut.

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Gifted Reviews


Outstanding. Rich, vivid, fluent and well paced with a wonderful cast of well developed, engaging characters and a constantly surprising story line * Gerard Woodward *
Outstanding. Rich, vivid, fluent and well paced with a wonderful cast of well developed, engaging characters and a constantly surprising story line * Gerard Woodward *

About Nikita Lalwani


Nikita Lalwani was born in Kota, Rajasthan in 1973 and raised in Cardiff. After several years of directing factual television and documentaries at the BBC, she has returned to writing fiction. Gifted is her first novel. She lives in London.

Additional information

GOR001154138
Gifted by Nikita Lalwani
Nikita Lalwani
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Penguin Books Ltd
2007-06-28
288
0670917079
9780670917075
Winner of Desmond Elliott Prize 2008 Short-listed for Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2008 Short-listed for Costa First Novel Award 2007
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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