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Sonia Faleiro

Non-fiction writer

Sonia Faleiro is a nonfiction writer and journalist. Her first book of nonfiction, Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars (Canongate, 2011), was named a Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year, and a book of the year by the Guardian, the Observer, the Economist, and Time Out. It has been translated into six languages. Her second book The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing (Bloomsbury, 2021) was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and is longlisted for the Ondaatje prize. The book has been optioned for TV, and several translations are underway.

As a journalist, Sonia’s work appears in the Times Literary Supplement, Granta, the Financial Times, the New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, and MIT Technology Review. Her writing has received support from the Pulitzer Centre, the Investigative Fund, and the Society of Authors Foundation and K. Blundell Trust. As a tutor she runs workshops for the National Centre of Writing and Ashoka University.

Sonia is the founder of South Asia Speaks, a free literary mentorship program that pairs highly driven early-career writers with established authors for an entire year. She is the co-founder of Deca, a journalists’ cooperative that publishes longform stories for digital platforms.

A postgraduate from the University of Edinburgh, Sonia lives in South London with her family and Jack Russell Terrier.

Sonia Faleiro is the author of  The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing (2021), which was nominated for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, the ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction, and the Premio Inge Feltrinelli Award. Her earlier non-fiction book was Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars (2010), which was nominated for the Lettre Ulysses Award for the art of reportage and named a Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year. She is the founder and program director of the literary mentorship, South Asia Speaks.

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Sonia Faleiro

Non-fiction writer

Current Fellowship

Goldsmiths, University of London, 2022–2024

Email

[email protected]

Website

https://www.soniafaleiro.com

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