Wed 01 Apr 2020 18:00 - 23:00

You People – Nikita Lalwani Book Launch POSTPONED!

Vout-O-Reenees is proud to launch Nikita Lalwani’s new book YOU PEOPLE.

‘Enthralling as a thriller, yet also beautiful human drama, and a serious enquiry into the possibilities of goodness’ Tessa Hadley

‘Intelligent and heart-piercing – an exceptional novel about the Britain we live in, even if we choose not to see it.’ Kamila Shamsie

‘A startlingly original, continuously astute, and deeply compassionate novel. You People bracingly alerts us, in these dark times, to the possibility of human nobility’ Pankaj Mishra

‘Beautiful and brilliant. The exquisite writing is vivid, poetic and perceptive; the characters alive and compelling. Everything I want from a novel. I loved it.’ Stephen Merchant


YOU PEOPLE
Nikita Lalwani
2 April 2020 | Penguin Viking | Hardback £12.99

In a world where the law is against you, how far would you be willing to lie for a chance to live?

The Pizzeria Vesuvio looks like any other Italian restaurant in London – with a few small differences. The chefs who make the pizza fiorentinas are Sri Lankan and half the kitchen staff are illegal immigrants.

At the heart of the restaurant is Tuli, the charismatic proprietor and resident Robin Hood, who promises to help anyone in need. Nineteen-year-old Nia, haunted by her troubled past in Wales, is running from her family. Shan, having fled from the Sri Lankan civil war, is desperate to find his.

But when Tuli’s guidance leads them all into dangerous territory, and the extent of his mysterious operation unravels, each is faced with an impossible moral choice.

‘Compelling, heart-wrenching and laced with redemptive hope.’ Observer on Gifted ‘

Superb, brilliantly realised. The searing narrative is unflinchingly and tenderly written.’ Independent on Gifted ‘A masterclass.’ Guardian on The Village

‘Outstanding. Rich, vivid, fluent with a wonderful cast of well developed, engaging characters.’ Gerard Woodward on Gifted

Nikita Lalwani, the Desmond Elliot prizewinning author of Gifted and The Village, was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff. Her first novel Gifted was longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. She was also nominated for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award. She lives in London.

Press contact: Jane Gentle | jgentle@penguirandomhouse.co.uk | 020 7139 3658