Nikita's first novel 'Gifted' was longlisted for the Man Booker and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize. In 2008, she won the inaugural Desmond Elliott Prize for Fiction and donated the £10,000 cheque to Liberty. What's not to like? Her second novel, 'The Village', was selected as one of eight titles for the Fiction Uncovered campaign for the best of British fiction in 2013. Just for the record, it was also probably Patrick's favourite novel of that year. Her essay, 'To Catch A Thief' appears in 'Three's A Crowd: Book Slam Volume III'.