9:20pm – Wednesday, December 30 on ABC2
Dr. Pamela Connolly talks to Booker Prize-winning author Sir Salman Rushdie, famed as much for his writing, as for his four marriages and the Iranian fatwa which forced him into hiding for a decade.
Indian-born Rushdie tells Pamela about his bullying father and about the isolation he felt when he came to school in Britain.
He talks about his 13-year struggle to succeed as a writer, and about how his conversion to Islam at the height of the fatwa, in order to pacify his critics, was a “horrendous mistake”.
He also talks about his troubled relationships with women, and how, in the wake of his unwanted fourth divorce from Padma Lakshmi, he has finally grown up enough ‘to be dumped’ and learned to live happily alone.