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Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight’s Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, who is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts. 

This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people–a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. More than twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight’s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is the most enchanting book. And it’s such a brilliant idea: children born at the same hour who metaphorically encompass all the good and evil attributes of a new society. Rushdie writes with a true patriotism—a love for his country that’s not blind.”

    Daniel Radcliffe

  • “This is a book to accept on its own terms, and an author to welcome into world company…Midnight’s Children is coarse, knowing, comfortable with Indian pop culture and, above all, aggressive…Midnight’s Children sounds like a continent finding its voice…Marvelous to behold…The flow of the book rushes to its conclusion in counterpointed harmony: myths intact, history accounted for, and a remarkable character fully alive.”

    New York Times

  • “In Salman Rushie, India has produced a glittering novelist—one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling.”

    New Yorker

  • “An extraordinary novel…One of the most important to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “Pure story—an ebullient, wildly clowning, satirical, descriptively witty charge of energy.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A marvelous epic…Rushdie’s prose snaps into playback and flash-forward…stopping on images, vistas, and characters of unforgettable presence. Their range is as rich as India herself.”

    Newsweek

  • “Huge, vital, engrossing…In all senses a fantastic book.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • Winner of the 1981 Man Booker Prize
  • Winner of the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
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About the Narrator

Lyndam Gregory is an accomplished film, stage, and voice actor. He has performed a wide range of roles for the BCC Radio Drama Company and went on to have a feature role in the long-running program The Archers. His most notable stage and television credits include Star Talk, Surgical Spirit, and London’s Burning