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Nilanjana S Roy is the author of two novels, The Wildings (2012) and The Hundred Names of Darkness (2013), and a collection of essays on reading, The Girl Who Ate Books (2016). The Wildings won the 2012 Shakti Bhatt First Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2017 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and the Tata First Book Prize. She writes a weekly column for the Financial Times’ Life & Arts section.


Her columns on reading and translations have appeared in the Business Standard; she was a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times in 2013-2014. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in Granta, Al-Jazeera, The Huffington Post, the BBC, the Caravan India, The Kolkata Telegraph and Outlook, among other places. She is the editor of an anthology of food writing, A Matter of Taste, and has contributed to other food and travel writing anthologies. She has worked in publishing and was chief editor at Westland Books. She often writes on free expression and censorship issues.

She lives in Delhi and is married to Devangshu Datta. They are jointly owned by three demanding cats.