Midnight's Children

  • by Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by Nikesh Patel, Meera Syal, Anneika Rose, Preeya Kalidas, Aysha Kala, full cast
  • 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"Radio drama of the year." (Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph)


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Another fantastic dramatisation by the BBC

BBC Radio 4 have dramatised Salman Rushdie’s 1981 Booker Prize winning novel ‘Midnight’s Children’ to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India.

A superbly crafted story which in the 13 minute interview at the end, we learn took Salman Rushdie 5 years to write.

Another fantastic dramatisation by the BBC, I really enjoyed it. 5*
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- Nigel


The performances were brilliant and it was easy to imagine the scenes.

I didn’t know the story and found myself having to hit rewind quite a lot, so that I could follow what was happening. There are a lot of characters and I felt that some of them had more to tell than there was room for in a short adaptation. Five hours or so is probably not enough for a story that takes place over thirty years. I think this adaptation would probably be more suited to those who have already read the book and know the intricacies of the story.

I did enjoy the book and I’m keen to listen to another Salman Rushdie novel soon.
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- Louise

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-09-2017
  • Publisher: BBC Digital Audio