Nayanika’s books are published by Penguin Random House. With genres ranging from historical fiction to multi-generational family sagas, her books have received critical acclaim, ranked as bestsellers and won awards (including the prestigious South Asia Book Award).

South Asia Book Award, 2020

Across The Line

Rooted in the Partition, this award-winning novel intercuts between 1947 and the more recent past; between Rawalpindi, New Delhi and London; between two youngsters who witnessed the events of 1947 and two youngsters in the present – all of whose lives were shaped by the drawing of a line.

Amazon Editor's Pick, 2017

The Gory Story Of Genghis Khan

The Gory Story of Genghis Khan, a.k.a. Don’t Mess with the Mongols, invites youngsters in to take a closer look at one of history’s most feared characters – and to discover how history depends on who is telling the story.



In her debut novel Ambushed, Nayanika Mahtani tackles the glaring issue of tiger poaching while spinning a compelling story about man versus nature, set in the Himalayan forests where the majestic Bengal tigers roam.

The Puffin Book of Holiday Stories

This great collection of stories of brave adventures, hilarious misadventures, boisterous families, intimate friendships, and facing fears is sure to keep you entertained.

Featuring tales penned by some of the finest children’s authors, including Ruskin Bond, Sudha Murty, Nayanika Mahtani, Paro Anand, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Himanjali Sankar and more.