"Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India s independence, Saleem Sinai is a special child. However, this coincidence of birth has consequences he is not prepared for- telepathic powers connect him with 1,000 other midnight s children all of whom are endowed with unusual gifts. Inextricably linked to his nation, Saleem s story is a whirlwind of disasters and triumphs that mirrors the course of modern India at its most impossible and glorious"
'India has produced a great novelist...a master of perpetual storytelling' V.S. Pritchett, New Yorker
Winner of James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Fiction) 1981 and Booker of Bookers 1993 and Booker Prize for Fiction 1981. Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003 and Best of the Booker 2008.
Salman Rushdie is the author of eight novels, one collection of short stories, and four works of non-fiction, and the co-editor of The Vintage Book of Indian Writing. In 1993 Midnight's Children was judged to be the 'Booker of Bookers', the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. The Moor's Last Sigh won the Whitbread Prize in 1995, and the European Union's Aristelon Prize for Literature in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.