Niven Govinden is the author of six novels and many short stories. His work explores the imagined lives of artists, reckless Bohemians, and people with dual heritage. He writes about love, death, and how to live. Govinden’s novel This Brutal House revives the Pose, Paris is Burning-era of New York City ballroom, and it weaves a story of queerness, protest, social justice and loss. This Brutal House was shortlisted for the Polari Prize and the Gordon Burns prize, and longlisted for the Jhalak Prize. His latest novel Diary of a Film is being published on 18 February 2021.