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Midnight's Children

BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

by Salman Rushdie Author · Meera Syal Narrator

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'Radio drama of the year' - Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph

Nikesh Patel stars as Saleem in BBC Radio 4's epic dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel of love, history and magic

Saleem Sinai is born on the stroke of midnight on 14th-15th August 1947, at the exact moment that India and Pakistan become separate, independent nations. From that moment on, his fate is mysteriously handcuffed to the history of his country.

But Saleem's story starts almost thirty years earlier, when his grandfather, Dr Aadam Aziz, falls in love with a woman concealed behind a perforated sheet. That pivotal moment in Kashmir in 1919 sparks a series of bizarre events that will lead to a cryptic prophecy and the birth of a boy with an extraordinary destiny.

As a 'Midnight's Child', Saleem has magical powers, and can telepathically tune in to all the other gifted children whose birth coincided with India's division. However, his strange entanglement with the fate of India will have dramatic repercussions for both him and his country...

Adapted by Ayeesha Menon, this dazzling dramatisation of Rushdie's many-layered, magical realist masterpiece is both an enthralling family saga and a riveting history of post-colonialism. First broadcast to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, it features Nikesh Patel as Saleem, with a star cast including Abhin Galeya, Meera Syal, Anneika Rose and Narinder Samra.

Also included is an interview with Salman Rushdie, in which the author talks to radio drama director Emma Harding about his multi-award winning novel.

Midnight's Children won the Booker Prize in 1981, and was subsequently awarded the 'Booker of Bookers' prize in 1993 and 'The Best of the Booker' prize in 2008.

Publication Details

Publisher:
BBC Audio
Imprint:
BBC Digital Audio
Edition:
Abridged
Publication Date:
2017

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 134.6 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 134.6 MB

Salman Rushdie (Author)

Sir Salman Rushdie, FRSL is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be "the best novel of all winners" on two separate occasions, marking the 25th and the...

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Creators

Author :
Salman Rushdie
Narrator :
Meera Syal
Narrator :
Aysha Kala
Narrator :
Anneika Rose
Narrator :
Preeya Kalidas
Narrator :
Nikesh Patel
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