I'm a writer and Royal Literary Fellow in London.
My most recent book is The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing (2021) which was nominated for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the 2022 ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction. The Good Girls is published by Grove Atlantic, Bloomsbury UK, Penguin Random House India and Penguin Random House Canada. It was a New York Times Editor's Choice, a Sunday Times Book of the Year and is being translated into several languages including French, Italian, and Polish.
My earlier non-fiction book was Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars, which was named a Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year 2011. It was also a Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Economist, NPR and Time Out Book of the Year. Beautiful Thing was translated into six languages.
Long ago I wrote a novella called The Girl (Penguin, 2006).
My writing has received support from the Pulitzer Centre, The Investigative Fund, and The Society of Authors Foundation' and K Blundell Trust.
My work appears in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Harper's, Granta, 1843, The California Sunday Magazine, and MIT Technology Review.
When I'm not writing I work on a couple of projects, notably the literary mentorship program South Asia Speaks, which I created in 2021 to encourage and support early career writers in South Asia. I also created Artists for India, an author-led initiative to raise funds for India during the covid crisis. The initiative raised over $26,000/£18,000 for Mission Oxygen, a non-profit in India. I'm the co-founder of Deca, a global cooperative of award-winning journalists that publishes longform journalism for digital platforms.
I am represented by The Wylie Agency and United Talent Agency.