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Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born British novelist and the author of more than a dozen novels. His second novel, Midnight’s Children, won the Booker Prize and propelled him to literary fame. He became a household name after his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, outraged some Muslims and he was put under a fatwa by Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran’s leader, which called for his death and that of his publishers. Rushdie’s books have been recommended many times on Five Books. We’ve also included Joseph Anton, Rushdie’s memoir of his life after he had to go into hiding under police protection, on our list of his recommended books:

Books by Salman Rushdie

Interviews where books by Salman Rushdie were recommended

The best books on Censorship, recommended by Anthony Julius

As both a solicitor advocate and literary scholar, Anthony Julius occupies a privileged place to navigate complex interactions between literature and law. He picks the best books on censorship, including three novels subjected to their own censorship controversies.

The Best Fiction of 2019, recommended by Peter Florence

Each year, a panel of esteemed judges reads over 100 novels to determine which titles will vie for the award of the Booker Prize for Fiction. Peter Florence, chair of the 2019 judges and founder of the famous Hay Festival, tells us why the books on this year’s shortlist are gripping, enthralling must-reads.

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